A loan of $350 helped to buy groceries.

Mariana Eloisa's story

The credit group Esperanza Para Superar [Hope to Get Ahead] meets every two weeks in the beautiful coastal town of San Jacinto. It is surrounded by a beautiful beach where the Rio Portoviejo flows into the sea. it is visited by many tourists, both domestic and international.

This is where Mariana lives. She is 79 years old, married, and has four grown children who are on their own. Her husband doesn't work due to his age. Mariana is a woman who has always liked getting ahead with her job. She has a business selling fast food from her home. She cooks and sells sausages, pork rinds, empanadas, juice, soda and several other snacks. She has a lot of customers who go to her locale every day to eat her food. This is how she helps herself get ahead with her husband, who doesn't work anymore.

This loan is to buy groceries she needs to make her food. she has been in the communal bank since the beginning and she likes the benefits and help she has received from the institution. Her dream is to stay healthy and keep going forward.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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