A loan of $875 helped to buy auto spare parts.

María Belén's story

The communal bank Dulce Amistad meets every two weeks in Rocafuerte canton, an area known throughout the country for the delicious sweets made by its warm, kind, hardworking residents. María Belén, 25, lives here. She is married and has two children, ages 9 and 7, who attend school. Her husband is an electrical mechanic.

To earn income, María Belén sells automobile spare parts from a store where her customers can find all kinds of parts from electrical items to tires, oil, and more. She also sells parts to her husband, who owns a nearby shop where his does electrical work on autos. She works alone every day. She has run her business for five years, and it has brought her great satisfaction.

This loan will be used to buy auto spare parts she needs in her store. She has been a member of the communal bank for three years and loves the help that both she and her fellow members have received. She dreams of owning a larger spare parts store.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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