A loan of $1,425 helped to buy cooking oil, bread, sausages, and other provisions to prepare the food.


Amelia Guadalupe's story

There is a place known as Las Arenales in the Crucita parrish in the Portoviejo canton. The members of the Miraflores communal bank meet there every 15 days. This place is known for its beautiful beaches, its cuisine, and for the warmth of its people.

This is the place where Amelia, age 36, lives. She is in a common-law marriage, and they have two children, ages 15 and 3. The older child goes to school. Her husband is a merchant.

Amelia is a very good housewife. She likes to work in order to earn something on her own. With her earnings she helps her husband with the expenses generated by the household and with the children’s education.

She has a small place at her house where she prepares and sells fast food like hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, fruit smoothies, juices, and sodas. She works every afternoon and evening with the help of her husband. They have been in this business for over three years. The business allows her to earn something for the family’s well-being.

She will use this loan to buy cooking oil, bread, sausages, and other provisions to prepare the food. She has been in the communal bank for three years. This is the same amount of time she has had her business, which she used her first loan for. Her dream is to have a big restaurant.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish


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