A loan of $1,600 helped to buy tyres, oil, filters and brake fluid.


Mary's story

The members of the Madres Unidas Community Bank meet every 15 days in Los Bajos de Montecristi, a city known for its wide variety of traditional products, such as the toquilla straw hats, which are famous within Ecuador and beyond.

Señora Mary lives here. She is 56, married and has six grown-up and independent children. Her husband is a driver.

Mary is a teacher in a local school, but to make extra money on the side, she works in business. She has a premises in her home in which she sells tyres, oil, brake fluid and other spare car and motorbike parts. She also has a small snack store there.

While she carries out her activities as a school teacher one of her children or her husband help out in her business. Once she gets back, she takes charge of the business. She works every day and she has had the business for over ten years, which has really helped her to support her children, who are now professionals.

This loan is to buy tyres, oil, filters and brake fluid, which is what sells the most. She has been a member of the Community Bank since the beginning and she likes it because the loans have enabled her to expand her business.

Her dream is to move forwards sucessfully.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Chloe Pilpel


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