A loan of $1,075 helped to buy school supplies.


Ana's story

Picoaza appears in the books as one of the aboriginal towns that’s part of the Manta culture. This urban parish is located just ten minutes from the city of Portoviejo, capital of Manabí. The “María Asunción” communal bank meets here every fifteen days. Ana, 57, lives here. She’s in a common law relationship and has seven adult children; none of them still live with her, only a 14-year-old grandson attending secondary school. Her husband’s a taxi driver. Ana has a business consisting of telephone booths and fast-food sales. She’s had it for three years and she’s done well because hers are the only phone booths in the sector and many people come to her shop. She works every day from 8am until 11pm. She works alone and shares her work time with her home because her business is located in her house. She’s also now selling school supplies to take advantage of the start of school season which is when these products sell the most. This loan is to stock her business with school supplies to provide better customer service. She’s been in the communal bank for more than 11 years and likes it because the loans are very important in her life and in her business. Her dream is to continue improving her business more.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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