A loan of $750 helped to buy clothes, fruit and vegetables.

María Alba's story

The “Con Amor y Fe Hacia el Desarrollo” (With Love and Faith Towards Development) communal bank meets every fifteen days in Los Bajos de Montecristi, a city noted for its cultural riches and its crafts like the straw hats that are known both inside and outside the country.

Maria, 49, lives here. She’s in a common law relationship and has two children who are 17 and 14 years of age. The younger attends high school and the older is about to start university. Her husband is a merchant.

Aside from being a great mother and housewife, María is a merchant. She sells all types of clothes, especially children’s clothes. She also will give part of the loan to her husband so he can use in his business; he sells fruit and vegetables in Portoviejo, a city he travels around on a tricycle four to five days a week while she also goes around her location selling her clothes. She’s been in this activity for more than six years while her husband has been in his since he was very young.

She will use this loan to buy pants, t-shirts, blouses, fruit and vegetables. She’s a founding member of the communal bank and likes it because of the help the loans provide. Her goals are to be in good health and that her children become good professionals.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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