A loan of $1,275 helped to buy rice, meat, fish, and other supplies.

Diana Elena's story

The communal bank "Siempre Unidas" meets every two weeks in Jipijapa canton, which is named for a coffee sultan and is known for its extensive coffee farms that produce a delicious coffee, for its food, and for its friendly residents. Diana, 42, lives here. She is married and has four children, ages 25, 20, 11, and 2, from the marriage. The youngest live with her and are students. Her husband drives a taxi.

Twelve years ago, Diana started a business, a small diner located in a city terminal, so that she could help her husband meet household expenses and to feel independent. She pays her sister a monthly salary to help her, and they prepare delicious dishes that their customers love. Diana works Monday to Saturday from 6:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. making breakfast and lunch.

She will use this loan to buy rice, meat, fish, and other supplies to prepare the food. She has been a member of the communal bank for 12 years and likes the help she receives through the loans. Her goal is to keep her business going.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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