A loan of $975 helped to buy sugar, flour and other grocery items.

Jenny Elizabeth's story

In a community called Tierras Amarillas of the Rocafuerte canton, the members of the credit group Mejorando El Futuro meet every two weeks. This sector is known for its agriculture because a big part of its inhabitants work in short cycle agriculture.

This is where Jenny lives. She is 26 and is in a common law marriage from which she has two children, aged 11 and 6. They are in school. Her husband is a merchant. Jenny is a woman who is a fighter. She likes to earn from her work and help her husband with the difficult burden of the home and getting their children ahead. For 8 years, she has worked making and selling sweets. This is a tradition that she learned from her mother and it is bringing in good income because her sweets are delicious. She makes them and then delivers them to merchants who sell in different parts of the province. In this way, she contributes with her income to get her children ahead.

She will use this loan to buy sugar, flour and other grocery items to make the sweets. She has been in the credit group since the beginning and she likes it because of the benefits she receives from the institution. Her dream is to give her children the best.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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