A loan of $650 helped to purchase rice, sugar, cooking oil, detergent, and other grocery items.

Janeth Mireya's story

The La Cantera [Quarry] Credit Group meets twice a month in the El Cady section of Colon Parish in the city of Portoviejo. Most people in this area farm to earn a living.

El Cady is the home of Señora Janeth, who is 46 years old, married, and the mother of five children, four adults and a 15-year old son who is in high school. Three of the children live with Señora Janeth. Her husband works as a driver.

Doña Janeth runs a grocery store in her home to earn income, selling a wide variety of products: rice in sacks or by the pound, sugar, cooking oil, detergent, water, colas, beer, and other basic goods. Twenty-five pound sacks of rice are the best-seller. Doña Janeth works every day and her sales are strong; the store is located across the street from a gas station and people who buy gas also visit the store to buy something.

Doña Janeth has run the store for over 15 years, and the business has allowed her to earn income that benefits her family. She will use the funds from this loan to purchase additional goods for her store: rice, sugar, cooking oil, detergent, and other basic groceries. Doña Janeth has received two loans as a member of the credit group, and she is pleased that this support has helped her business and her family a great deal. Doña Janeth's goals are to keep operating her store and expand her business a little every day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Stephen Volante

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