A loan of $350 helped to buy clothes and shoes.

Darling Vanessa's story

Junín is a warm, hospitable city and its residents are very good people. Darling M. is like this. She is from Guayaquil with roots in Manabi. She is married and has 2 children. She sells clothes and shoes.

She got enagaged to a Manabitan, and practically since she arrived in Manabi she has worked. She has been in this business for 10 years. Her mother has a variety store and that is why she came to live in Junín, to help her mother who always was the best role model for her.

Darling heard tell that their was a foundation that made loans to people who want to have their own businesses. That is why she joined Fundación Espoir. She has been in the bank for 10 cycles. She makes her purchases in Guayaquil and Peru. Her husband is a dump truck driver, and she has been with him for 9 years. The way she sells is she goes out and sells on credit and she collects every week. With the money she has collected she makes her purchases and she reinvests the loans into her business. Besides new shoes and clothes, she also sells clothing in bulk. She buys it in Portoviejo and she has 20 to 25 regular customers. She began selling clothes because of her mother and the variety store she had. Her mother passed away but apart from the variety store she left her the good example of being a hardworking mother like she was. Now she aspires to having a store inaddition to the variety store, in order to increase her sales and her income.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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