A loan of $1,450 helped to buy sewing supplies.

Flor Daisy's story

The “Parque a La Madre” communal bank meets every fifteen days in Jipijapa Canton, a canton known as “Sultana del Café” because of the extensive plantations of coffee of incomparable taste there, for its cuisine and for the warm-heartedness of its people.

Francisca, 62, lives here; she’s in a common law relationship and has three adult children. The youngest still lives at home and her husband’s a driver.

She learned dressmaking at a local academy. She has a small sewing workshop and general store at home. She makes all types of clothes there for women, men and children although she admits that what she likes to make best is clothes for women and girls. She works based on prior orders from individuals who come by her shop to have clothes made and during the beginning of each school term what she makes most is uniforms for schools and high schools. She tells us that she sells her general merchandise and makes clothes at the same time and her son helps her once in a while with the store. She’s been in business more than ten years and she does very well. She buys the merchandise for the store in Guayaquil whenever she needs to.

She will use this new loan to buy fabric and other sewing supplies and general merchandise for the store. She’s been in the communal bank since its beginning and she likes it because of the help she gets from the loans to be able to continue forward. Her dreams are to continue forward and to be in good health.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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