A loan of $1,400 helped to buy corn, animal feed and arrocillo.

Verónica Johanna's story

The communal bank María Auxiliadora meets in the parish of Sequita. Sequita is in Montecristi, a prosperous canton in the province of Manabí, which is full of hardworking and dedicated people who are proud of their roots. The inhabitants of the parish of Sequita are honest people who only ever work and dedicate themselves to their families.

Verónica, who is 29 years old and married, lives in this parish. She has two children from her marriage, who are eight years old and two years old. The eldest goes to school. Verónica's husband works in a factory in Manta.

In order to earn some of her own income and to be able to help her spouse with household expenses, Verónica works in sales. She sells corn, animal feed and other foodstuffs for farm animals. This business is very good because the majority of people in her area work raising these animals. This means that Verónica's sales are secure. She likes what she does, since she can make money without having to leave her house. This permits her to take care of her children's needs and look after her household. She has been in this business for five years and she makes very good earnings.

She will use this loan to buy corn, animal feed and "arrocillo" [a type of wild grass]. She has been with the communal bank for five years, and she likes it because she started her business with her first loan.

Her dream is to continue to grow her business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Aesclinn Donohue

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