A loan of $1,300 helped to buy medicine to stock her pharmacy and to buy feed for chickens and pigs.


Marlene Esperanza's story

The María Auxiliadora Communal Bank meets every two weeks in La Sequita Parish in Montecristi, a canton known the famous straw [or "Panama"] hats that are valued both in Ecuador and abroad. This is where Marlene lives. She's 49 years old and married, and she has four adult children from this relationship, only one of whom still lives in her house. Her husband works in construction. Marlene is a very enterprising woman who likes to earn something to help her husband get ahead. She has a mini-pharmacy at her house. She sells all types of medicine in order to improve the health of her customers who come to her place day to day when they need medicine. She also raises pigs and chickens. She gets good profits when she sells them, and this helps her improve her business more and more. She has had the pharmacy for almost two years. She stocks it more every day in order to improve her customer service. She's going to use this loan to buy medicine to stock her pharmacy and to buy feed for chickens and pigs. She has been in the communal bank for more than 17 years, and she likes the earnings she receives from the institution. Her dream is to improve her pharmacy.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish


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