A loan of $925 helped to buy food and medicines for her animals and parts for the taxi.

María Dolores's story

The members of the communal bank La Mocora meet every two weeks in the area of La Mocora in the Colon parish in the city of Portoviejo, a place that is known for its hard-working people, who work in agriculture and in livestock raising.

Señora Maria, who is 47 years old, lives here. She is married, and from this relation she has two children, ages 17 and 13, who are in school. Her husband works as a driver.

Doña Maria is a very good housewife who raises chickens and pigs. For this, she has a little farm at her house. To have an extra income, she also sells delicious ice cream that she herself prepares and that is very much sought after by her neighbors. She will use part of the loan for her husband's business, since he has a taxi in which he goes out to make trips all through the city. He has been working in this business for more than 20 years, and with it he is raising his family.

The loan is to buy food and medicines for Doña Maria's little animals and certain parts for the taxi. She is a founding member of the communal bank and she likes it because the loans are great help for her life.

Her dream is to have very good health.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry

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