A loan of $775 helped to buy rice, meat, fish and other grocery items.

María Sarita's story

The La Negrita communal bank meets every two weeks in the Montecristi canton. It is known for its rich pre-colonial culture and for its artisanal crafts known nationally and internationally. It is where the famous paja toquilla hats come from.

Here lives María. She is 50 years old. Several years ago, her husband passed away but from her marriage she has 4 grown children who still live with her, despite being engaged.

In order to get ahead with the household expenses, since she is alone with out her husbands help, Maria started a business several years ago. She has a little restaurant in her house where she prepares delicious dishes. She works every day making breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. A person works with her whom she pays weekly. She has had her restaurant for 6 years and it has always gone well for her because her customers prefer her because of the way she seasons her food.

She is going to use this loan to buy rice, meat, fish and other grocery items to make her food. She has been in the communal bank since the beginning and she likes it because with the loans she has been able to get ahead.

Her goals are to continue with her business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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