A loan of $1,175 helped to buy rice, sugar, cooking oil, detergents, and other consumer staples.


Melva De Jesús's story

The communal bank "Balzar" meets every 15 days in San Placido parish in the canton of Portoviejo. This is a place that is known for its friendly and hardworking people, who mainly work in the fields.

This is where Melva, 59, lives. She is married, and she and her husband have 8 grown children. Three of them still live with her. Melva's husband works in agriculture.

Melva has a grocery store in her house where she sells all types of products, from groceries to general merchandise, and even stationery. She works every day from 6am until 8pm, and sometimes even later. She's had her store for more than 40 years. It has given her a lot of benefits, and enabled her to earn something to meet the needs of her children when they were young.

She will use this loan to stock her store with more products. She will buy rice, sugar, cooking oil, detergents, and other consumer staples. She's been with her communal bank for 13 years, and she likes it because of the help that is provided with these loans.

Melva's dream is to continue ahead with the business for the sake of her family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar


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