A loan of $8,000 helped a member to purchase fuel, tanks, oil, lubricants and a fire extinguisher.

Maria Carmelina's Group's story

Furgencio lives in a small community in the canton of Eloy Alfaro. He comes from a family of farmers, and in his community he sells fuel and oils to boat owners and residents of the village, who are then able to operate farm machinery and also generate electricity. His wife raises birds such as chickens, ducks and turkeys, and also takes care of their two boys, who are ages 3 and 6.

The sale of fuel is a good business for Furgencio. He says that gas stations are very far from the village, and the locals prefer to purchase their fuel from him.

With this loan he will buy tanks so that he can store and transport gasoline. He will also purchase a fire extinguisher for the security of his shop, and also purchase lubricants and oils. He hopes that soon he will be able to improve the condition of his shop and offer his customers and friends the comforts, security and merchandise that they need.

The only form of communication his family has is through the internet at a communal home in the village, and they speak the Autoctono language.

He is also the leader of his community and the head of the group AADAVI, which is comprised of ten men and six women. In the photograph Furgencio can be seen raising his hand. The photo was taken beneath the office, since the village is more than five hours from San Lorenzo.

In this group: Maria Carmelina, Furgencio, Maria Rosa, Rafael, Jose, Orlando, Hermogenes, Maria Luisa, Silvia Maria, Gilberto, German Esteban, Tarcila, Liberato, Norman, Maria Margarita, Ernesto

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kevin Bohnert

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