A loan of $1,475 helped to buy food items and lubricants and filters for cars.

Liliana Annabel'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.

Liliana, 30, lives here. She’s married and has three children aged 13, 8 and 6. The oldest attends secondary school and the others attend primary school. Her husband is a driver.

Liliana is a very good mother and wife who strives tirelessly to give the best to her children. She runs a snack bar at a local school and high school. She works almost all day from Monday through Friday because in the afternoon and evening she prepares the food to sell the next day. She makes ‘corviches’ [bananas stuffed with fish and other ingredients], turnovers, hot-dogs, sandwiches and also sells fruit juices that delight her customers. She’s been in this business for 7 years. She also sells car filters and lubricants to earn a bit of extra income.

This loan is to buy the food ingredients needed to make her dishes and to buy car lubricants and filters. She’s been in the communal bank almost since the beginning and she likes it because of the help they give with the loans. Her dream is to give her children the best.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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