A loan of $1,625 helps to buy fabric, thread, etc.


Sara Mercedes's story

Sara Mercedes and her family live in San Agustín. It is an area on the road to Tosagua Bahía de Caráquez. The people there work in agriculture, raising livestock and in the shrimp farming business.

Sara Mercedes has a sewing shop in her house where she makes a variety of clothing items. She works every day, and she also sells products from Avon, Yanbal (beauty products, cosmetics, perfume, and women's accessories), Azzorti (beauty products, personal care, clothing and items for the home), clothing from various catalogs, and paper goods. She sells these things every day. She sells to her customers on credit and collects weekly. During this worldwide crisis, she has gone through some financial difficulties. Her customers can's pay her because they have lost their jobs, and others have passed away. At first, things were very bad for her due to the public health crisis, because she couldn't sell anymore. However, she is now reactivating little by little to continue generating her income.

This loan is to buy fabric, thread, etc. Her dream is for her family to be very healthy and for her business to keep growing.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue.


This loan is special because:

It helps borrowers withstand negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Patrick Flynn, Kiva staff

Patrick Flynn
Kiva staff



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*This loan is impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and your support is needed more than ever. Repayments may be delayed or lower than expected.

Loan details



Repayment schedule

*This loan is impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and your support is needed more than ever. Repayments may be delayed or lower than expected.