A loan of $1,625 helped to buy shoes, jewelry, cheese, and peanut butter.

Alba Aracely's story

The Amistad communal bank meets every 15 days in the city of Tosagua. This place is known for being very dynamic, where a majority of the habitants work in agriculture or by raising animals. The area has a lot of vegetation.

Alba, 50, lives here. She is separated but has one adult child who lives independently. She lives with siblings.

Alba works as a vendor. She has a shop in the center of the city where she sells cell phones, children's and women's shoes, jewelry, peanut butter, cheese, soda, and other drinks. She works there every day with the help of a girl who she pays a monthly salary. She has had this business for over 15 years and it has always gone well.

This loan will be used to buy merchandise such as shoes, jewelry, cheese, peanut butter, and other items. She has been part of the communal bank for over 6 years and she likes the benefits that the institution provides.

Her dream is to have her own shop since she currently rents and this takes away some of her earnings.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Polenske

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