A loan of $1,600 helped to purchase staple products and lottery tickets.

Dolores Cecilia's story

The 30 de Agosto communal bank meets every 15 days in the Picoaza parish in the city of Portoviejo. This area is known for its commerce, its traditional San Pedro and San Pablo festivals, and the joy of its people.

This is where Dolores lives. She is 38 years old, and in a common-law relationship through which she has three children aged 18, 14, and 11. The eldest is no longer studying and the two younger ones are in high school. Her partner is a merchant.

Doña Dolores, together with her partner, makes her living by selling lottery tickets. Her husband sells in the streets of the city of Portoviejo, while she has a grocery store where she works every day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Although her shop is small, she likes to have some of everything so that her customers come to her more frequently, and she sells lottery tickets there. She has had her store for three years and it is going very well.

She will use this loan to purchase staple goods to stock her store and lottery tickets to sell there and for her partner to sell. She has been part of the communal bank since its inception and she likes it, because thanks to one of the loans she was able to start her business. Her dream is to have a much bigger and better-stocked store.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kristen McNeill

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