A loan of $1,500 helped to buy sugar, flour and other items for preparing sweets.

Jenny Elizabeth's story

In a town called Tierra Amarillas in the Rocafuerte canton, the members of the "Mejorando El Futuro" loan group meets every fortnight. This area of Ecuador is known for its farming work, as many here work growing short cycle crops.

And it is here that 26-year-old Jenny lives. She is married and has two children who are eleven and six years old respectively. They attend the local school while Jenny's husband is a businessman.

Jenny is a very plucky woman who likes to earn her own living through her work, and to use it to help her husband with household costs. Jenny works producing and selling delicious sweets. The sweets sell well as many shop-owners come to her home to buy the sweets to take away and sell in different parts of the province. With this work, Jenny earns her own income to help her children to get ahead in life.

Jenny is taking out another loan as it will help her to make a profit and, with these profits, she can buy necessary items for her children. Jenny has used her profits before to buy necessary items for her children's education. Jenny will use this loan to buy sugar, flour and other items for preparing sweets. Jenny has been with the loan group since its creation and she likes it because of the benefits of working with the organisation. Jenny's dreams are to give her children the best life possible.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw

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