A loan of $6,350 helped a member to buy foodstuffs.


San Ignacio De Colón (Portoviejo) Group's story

The members of the loan group San Ignacio de Colon meet every five days in the sector known as Los Ángeles in the Colon parish in the city of Portoviejo. They earn a living through a diverse group of activities, such as agriculture of general trading. They long ago joined forces to access the benefits provided by the institution. The loans have improved their businesses and have helped them to succeed. One of the members of this group is Orlanda, who is 54. She is married and has two adult children from this relationship, one of whom lives with her. Her husband does not work due to his health. Orlanda is a very hard-working woman who has always enjoyed succeeding on her own, especially now after her husband's sickness. He does not work and on the contrary, requires a lot of care. She decided 15 years ago to put a business in her house, from which she sells fish stew. Her business is only open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, as that is when the most customers come. With this, she earns enough to get her family ahead. Thanks to this, they don't lack food on the table, or the medication her husband needs. This loan is to buy foodstuffs to prepare her delicious dishes. She is a founding member of the loan group and likes it because it helps her by providing loans. Her dream is that her husband is well.

In this group: Laura Felicidad, Orlanda Monserrate, Dolores Monserrate, Miriam Monserrate, Ruth Elezabeth, Alba Esperanza, Francisca Telesilda*, Juana Leonor, Susy Janina, Viviana Carolina, Jose Ricardo, Gabriela Elizabeth
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Rachel Alexander


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