A loan of $550 helped to buy children's shoes.


Jessica Tatiana's story

The 'Damas de Éxito' (Successful Ladies) community bank meets every two weeks in the Cevallos neighborhood of the city of Portoviejo. This is a very densely-populated, marginal, urban area of the city.

Here we find Jessica who is 32 years old, married and has a 5 year old daughter who is in her first year of elementary school. Her husband buses children to school in his car.

Jessica is a merchant. She rents her business premises in Portoviejo city center where she sells children's shoes. She says that she has been in her business for three years and, thankfully, it has done very well. She works every day from 8.00am to 6.00pm. She has help from an assistant to whom she pays a salary. She buys her goods in Guayaquil and also gets them in from Peru.

This loan will be used to travel to Guayaquil this weekend to buy more children's shoes. She has been a member of Fundación Espoir since 1998 but she moved to this community bank 2 years ago and is very happy here since the members are very punctual and responsible.

Her dreams are to have her own premises and save what she pays in rent.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard


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