A loan of $1,100 helped to purchase clothing, piglets and feed.

Rocío Moserrate's story

The community bank named "May 3" meets every two weeks in the district of Picoaza in the city of Portoviejo. The location is known for its commerce, for its traditional feast days of San Pedro and San Pablo, and for the generally happy population.

Rocio is 26 years old and she lives with her boyfriend. Together they have four beautiful children. Her boyfriend is a construction worker and a locksmith. In their house, made of sugar can sticks, six people live.

She sells all types of clothing. She works from 9am to 11 am, then does some house work and works again from 2pm until 5pm. Often she can't go out to work because she has a newborn at home and it interferes with her work schedule. But she always tries to find a way to attend to her clients to not risk losing them. She buys her merchandise in Portoviejo where she gets the best prices. She also raises pigs. She buys the livestock when they are only piglets, she raises them and then sells them. This business has brought her much success.

Half of this loan will be used to in the purchase of merchandise (clothing) and the other part will be used to purchase piglets and their feed. She has been part of community bank through various loan cycles and she likes the formality of business carried out.

Her goals are to have house made of brick and mortar and to improve her quality of life.

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