A loan of $950 helped buy pants, shirts, pajamas, dresses, blouses, etc.

Yadira Agustina's story

In the Quiroga parish of the city of Calceta, a region where the people for the most part work in agriculture and raise animals,the community bank Quiroga meets every fifteen days.

Señora Yadira is 32 years old and has lived in a common-law marriage for 11 years. From this relationship she has two children who are 11 and another beautiful little son who is 2 and requires much care. Her husband raises crops. They live in a house that her father gave them to live in.

To help her husband with the household expenses, Yadira began a business of selling clothing by catalog. Her sales method is door to door. She has been doing this for three years, and it has gone well for her, in spite of the economic crisis that has also affected our country, she comments. She works every day for three or four hours. She leaves things on credit and collects on the weekends. She fills her orders at the end of every month.

Right now she has various orders. That is how she is going to use this loan -- to buy more of her merchandise and keep her customers happy. She has been in the community bank for four cycles with this business. She is very happy since these loans have helped her to expand her business.

Her dreams are to have her own house and give her children a better future.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry

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