A loan of $1,075 helped to buy school supplies, basic staples and medicines.

Patricia Jakeline's story

The “Al Progreso” (To Progress) communal bank meets every fifteen days in Montecristi Canton known for its rich pre-colonial culture and for its crafts that are renown nationally and internationally; it’s where the famous straw hats come from.

Patricia, 35, lives here. She’s a single mother of two children who are 8 and 6 years old and attending school. She lies in her parents’ house.

To earn her daily sustenance and so that her little ones will lack nothing, Patricia opened a small store in her parents’ house more than ten years ago. She’s in partnership with her mother and it makes it possible for her to get ahead. Thanks to the loans, business has been growing and as time has passed in addition to selling basic staples she’s added household items, school supplies and certain medicines. She works every day from very early on and she does so for her children’s well-being.

She will use this loan to buy school supplies, basic staple items and medicines. She’s been in the communal bank for more than 8 years and she likes it because of the help the loans provide. Her dream is to give her children the best.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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