A loan of $1,300 helped to buy wood and clay.

María Edulfa's story

“Divino Niño de Tohalla” (Devine Child of Tohalla) is a Communal Bank that meets every fortnight in the Montecristi Canton, a place known for its rich pre-colonial culture and for its crafts that are famous both nationally and internationally; here is where the famous straw hats come from.

Here is where María lives. She is 54, she is a single mother and she has one adult child who studies Medicine at the University of Manta.

María has had to work very hard to provide for her son and to grant him the best education for his future; she decided to start producing bricks (a product used in constructions) more than 19 years ago, establishing a small activity with her parents’ help. Nowadays, she pays the weekly wages of the more than 12 employees who work with her. She sells her bricks to traders coming to her community, and they then sell them in other cities.

The loan she is requesting will be used to buy wood and clay to make bricks. She has been a member of this Communal Bank since the beginning, and she likes it because of the support she receives through the loans.

She dreams of owing a truck to deliver her products.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emanuela Villa

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