A loan of $1,175 helped to stock her store.

Aurora Mercedes's story

The Mejía Communal Bank meets every two weeks in Mejía, located a few kilometers from the city of Portoviejo, where most people are farmers.

Aurora lives here. She is 56 years old and her husband passed away years ago, but they have five adult children on their own.

Aurora has a food store where she sells all sorts of products such as rice, sugar, cooking oils, detergents and also drinks such as water, colas, and beer. She works every day from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm. She buys her product in Portoviejo, but she gets most of them locally. She has had her business for 13 years and took charge of it when her husband passed away.

She will use the money from this loan to buy rice, sugar, cooking oil, detergents, water, sodas, and other products. She has been with the communal bank for seven year and she likes the help that the institution gives. Her goals are to continue ahead with her business and grow it every day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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