A loan of $675 helped to buy sheets and quilts.

Clara Mercedes's story

Clara is a member of the Esperanza para Superar (Hope to Overcome) Village Bank in the beautiful seaside resort town of San Jacinto in Manabí Province. This area is very popular with local and international tourists. The residents make their living mainly from fishing, handicrafts, and gastronomy.

Clara is a native of the city of Guayaquil and settled in San Jacinto nine years ago. She’s married and has two children. Her husband is a maintenance worker in a local hotel. She tells us that she decided to live here because her parents have also lived in this area for a while.

Clara became vendor a year ago, motivated by her husband, who contacted their sister-in-law to help out with merchandise. Since then Clara has sold quilts, sheets, canopies, curtains, and everything for the home. She gets her merchandise in Santo Domingo, sending money and a list of items to her sister-in-law to buy and send her. Once she has the merchandise she goes door-to-door in her area, visiting clients and selling on credit or even in two monthly payments. She tells us that she is selling enough and has orders every week.

The loans from Fundación have allowed Clara to grow her business. She’ll use her latest loan to buy sheets and a few Christmas quilts to fill orders for her demanding clients. Clara’s dream is to have a gym, which she has decided to put in her house so she’s saving to buy exercise equipment. She has the space, and little by little she’s fixing it up in hope of having the gym ready to go by February.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jill Heske

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