A loan of $1,175 helped to buy supplies to prepare food.

Ana Patricia's story

Las Luminosas communal bank meets every two weeks in Las Palmas in Montecristi canton, a place known for its rich pre-colonial culture and its handicrafts, which are recognized nationally and internationally. Ana, 32, lives here. She is married and from this union she has three children, ages 13, 8, and 4. The oldest is in high school, the next in elementary school, and the youngest is in preschool. Her husband is a businessman. Together with her husband, Ana works making and selling yucca bread and tortillas along with juices, coffee, or sodas according to her customers' preference. They work every day starting very early in the morning and they spend all day there since their business is outside their house, where they have set up their small enterprise. Their sales are very good since their business is right on the route between Portoviejo and Manta and Jipijapa. Lots of people pass by on these routes, so their sales are very good and this gives them what they need to move forward. They have been in this business for more than two years. This loan is to buy supplies to prepare the food. She is the founder of the communal bank and she likes it because of the help that they give to her and her fellow bank members. Her dream is to provide the best for her children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Caitlin Jones

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