A loan of $1,075 helped to buy food ingredients and fruit.

Estrella Del Consuelo's story

In a town called Tierras Amarillas in the Rocafuerte Canton, the members of the communal bank "Mejorando el Futuro" meet every 15 days. The area is known for its agriculture since most of the local people are short-cycle crop growers.

This is where Estrella, 47, lives. She has a common-law husband and four grown children, the youngest of whom lives at home. Her husband is a fruit merchant.

Estrella is a very determined woman who likes to earn a profit through her work. She has a small food stall a spa near her home which is very busy on weekends and holidays. She prepares good food, including her delicious sausages, which her customers enjoy. Part of the loan will go to her husband for the fruit business which he carries out as a street vendor on a three-wheeled motorcycle.

Estrella will use the loan to buy ingredients for her food and fruit for her husband's business. She has been in the communal bank since its beginnings and she feels the loans are always very helpful. Her goal is to buy a vehicle for her husband's fruit business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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