A loan of $1,475 helped buy rice, sugar, oil, detergent, and other basic goods.


Blanca Edita's story

In the beach town of San Clemente in Portoviejo, the "1 de Diciembre" communal bank meets every 2 weeks. This place is known for its beautiful beaches that are visited by many native and foreign tourists. It's cuisine is diverse and delicious. Blanca lives here and is 55 years old. She is married and has 3 children with her husband. They are all grown, but one of them lives with her and is a college student. Her husband works in sales. Blanca works with her husband in sales. They have a grocery store in their house where they sell all kinds of goods, including rice, sugar, oils, detergents, and other things. She works every day from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm and sometimes even later. In addition to these goods, they also sell beef, chicken, fish, and school supplies. They have been with their business for 15 years and it has allowed them to support their children. She will use this loan to help stock their store. She will buy rice, sugar, oil, detergent, and other basic goods. She has been in a communal bank for more than 6 years and she likes it because of the benefits that it gives her. Her goals are to move forward with her business and for it to grow every day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patrick Bales


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