A loan of $1,200 helped to pay for internet service and to buy paper and school supplies.

Noemí Elisabeth's story

In the Pichincha canton the Pichincha communal bank meets every two weeks. This place is known as being very dynamic. Most of its inhabitants work in agriculture and raising animals. It is an area with a lot of vegetation planted along a big river, which makes it suitable for the crops.

This is where Noemí lives. She is 32, married, and from her marriage has four children, aged 13, 11, 9 and 7. The two oldest go to high school and the youngest are in primary school. Noemí is a woman who is a fighter and who likes to work to earn and help with the household expenses. Two years ago, she rented a locale in the center of town where she has a cyber cafe and a paper goods store. In addition to internet services, people come to make copies and buy school supplies that she sells there. She works there with the help of a girl whom she pays for her services.

This loan is to pay for the internet service and to buy paper and school supplies. This is her third cycle in the communal bank and she likes it because the loans have been a big help. Her dreams are to have her own locale so she doesn't have to pay rent.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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