A loan of $1,700 helped to buy fruits and vegetables.

Carmen Cerela's story

The members of the Desarrollo Femenino communal bank meet every 15 days in the Calderón parish in the city of Portoviejo. This place is known for its delicious cuisine and rich vegetation. The majority of its inhabitants work in agricultural and general commerce.

Carmen, who is 45 years old, lives here. She is in a common-law marriage and has five children. Two of them are grown, and the other three are 13,12, and 10 years old. Two of them attend middle school, and the youngest one goes to elementary school. Her husband is a merchant.
Carmen is a great wife and mother. She is requesting the loan to help her husband. He has a business selling fruits and vegetables. Her husband goes to the city of Portoviejo every day to stock up on all the products in the wholesale market. He then goes the market in his city and sells these products to the people who go there daily to buy food. He has been working in this occupation for over 35 years. This is how he supports his family in an honest way.

This loan is to by fruits and vegetables for his business. She is a founding member of the communal bank. She likes it because of the loans. She feels useful upon helping her husband. Her dream is to have a food store at her house.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Cristina P carbonero

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