A loan of $1,625 helped to buy provisions.

Priscela Yesenia's story

The members of 16 de Julio Communal Bank meet every two weeks on San Eduardo Street on the way to Santa Ana, in the city of Portoviejo, known since the colonial period as the City of the Royal Tamarind Trees.

This is where Priscela, 36, lives. She's the single mother of two children, ages 10 and 6, who attend school. She has been in the communal bank for two years and she likes it because the loans help a lot and help her get her children ahead.

Priscela's a very persevering woman who, to get ahead with her children, has had a small grocery store in her home for four years. She sells rice, sugar, oil, detergent, soda, and other products. Even though it's a small store, it gives her what she needs to make progress with her children. The store's in her house, so she works all day every day.

She's going to use this loan to stock her store more, to buy provisions she still needs to offer better service.

Her goal is to keep expanding her store more every day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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