A loan of $675 helped to buy fabric, zippers, buttons, thread, etc.

Margarita Cupertina's story

The Colón communal bank meets every two weeks in Colón parish in the city of Portoviejo, capital of Manabí, known as the City of the Valley, because it’s surrounded by many hills. People here are farmers for the most part.

This is Margarita’s fourth cycle in the communal bank. She likes it because of the benefits the institution offers. She is 55 years old, married and has seven adult children. Three of them still live with her. Her husband is a farmer.

She learned sewing and dressmaking while still very young and this is her occupation. She has a small workshop where she makes a large number of items. She works daily from 9am until noon and from 3pm until night. She says that she doesn’t work all day because she has to care for her husband and children who work in the fields. However, at night she sometimes works until dawn when she has a lot of work to do. She loves making dresses for girls. She delivers her completed items to Portoviejo’s Commercial Center.

This loan is to buy more fabric and other items used in sewing. Her goal is to have a locale in downtown Portoviejo.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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