A loan of $1,075 helped to buy food supplies.

Julia Solanda's story

In Montecristi, the Banco Comunal Para el Futuro De la Mujer [Community Bank for the Future of Women] meets every fifteen days. This place is well known in the province and in the country for its rich traditional culture. In this place one can find a wide variety of crafts that are made by its inhabitants, following the traditional customs.

In this place lives Julia, who is 59 years old. She is married and has four adult children, three of whom still live with her. Her husband is disabled and no longer works.

As her husband is unable to work, Julia runs a business to move forward with the household expenses. She has a small grocery store in their house, where she sells all kinds of groceries as well as legumes, vegetables and fruits, miscellaneous items, and stationery. She works every day from 6:00 until 20:00, and sometimes even later. Their children help with the work when they can. They have had the business for more than 11 years, and it allows them to move forward.

This loan will be used to buy groceries to restock the shop. She has been with the Communal Bank since the beginning, and she likes it because she started her business with a loan and has been improving it with subsequent loans.

Her goals are to move forward in her business and for her shop to grow more every day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jenny Boyd

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