A loan of $6,575 helped a member buy rice, sugar, oil, detergent, cold cuts, and other basic goods.

Las Decididas (Portoviejo) Group's story

Every 2 weeks, the communal bank "Las Decididas" meets in the city of Portoviejo. It is a group made up of 10 women and 2 men that work in various fields so they can improve their quality of life. They work as entrepreneurs, in food sales, and in other jobs.

Narcisa is a member of this group. She is 48 years old and is in a free union in which she has 4 children. Three of them are grown and her youngest (13 years old) is in high school and still lives with her. Her husband works as a farmer.

Narcisa is a good mother and wife who helps her husband with the household bills with a small store that she set up in her house with what little she had. This is how they get by, since her husband makes very little as a farmer. She works every day from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm and sometimes even later. Her husband and son both help her with her work when they aren't busy. She has had her business for 12 years and because of it she has been able to put her children through school.

She will use this loan to further stock her store. She will buy rice, sugar, oil, detergents, cold cuts, and other basic goods. She has been with her communal bank since it started and she likes it because of the help that it provides her and the other group members.

Her goals are that she can continue running her business and that it can grow every day.

The small photo is of a group member that couldn't be there when the group picture was taken.

In this group: Yadira Monserrate , Kety Mallaly, Genessis Magdalena, Zoila Mariana, Narcisa Del Jesús, Rosa María, José Javier, Juana Elizabeth, María Alejandra, Darwin Reneth, Gloria Jacinta, Merly Monsaerrate

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patrick Bales

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