A loan of $650 helped buy vegetables and fruits to sell.

María Marlene's story

The “Kennedy New Credit Group” gathers each 15 days in Canton Montecristi, known for its rich colonial culture and its artisan crafts, recognized both nationally and internationally. This is where the famous [Panama] hats are made using the local 'toquilla' straw.

Here resides Maria, who is 45 years old and married. From this union sprang 3 children, all now adults, 2 of whom still live with Maria. Her husband is a merchant.

Maria and her husband sell fruits and vegetables in a market in Montecristi. They go to the market very early in the morning to buy their products from wholesale merchants and once they have them, they stock their small post in the local market where they sell these products to customers who came daily to the market center to buy food. Maria and her husband have devoted themselves to this activity for more than 11 years, and have advanced their children with the earnings.

This loan will be used to purchase vegetables and fruits to sell daily. Maria was a founding member of her credit group and she likes it because, thanks to these loans, they can finance their business. Their dream is one day to have a grand grocery store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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