A loan of $750 helped to buy peanuts.


Maryuri Esperanza's story

In the Calderón parish of the city of Portoviejo, the members of the loan group Desarrollo Femenino (Women's Development) meet. This area is known for its delicious cuisine and vegetation. The majority of its residents work in agriculture or general commerce.

Maryuri, a 36 year old woman, lives in this area. She is married, and has two children from this union, who are 6 and 19 years old. The younger one goes to school, and both live with their parents. Her husband is a merchant.

Maryuri is a very good wife. To help her husband get the credit he uses in his business, she is engaged in buying and selling ground peanuts.

She walks the fields and places where she buys in bulk, and later packages peanuts in bags at her house, then takes them to other cities to deliver this product, which is widely used to prepare delicious foods.

She's spent more than five years in this business, which gives her family what they need to live.

The loan is to buy peanuts. She's been in the loan group for more than two years, and she likes it because of the help the bank gives her. Her dream is to give her children the best.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Rachel Alexander


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