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Aquilina Estela
Aquilina, age 40, operates a sewing workshop. She lives with her two children (ages 18 and 14) in a place located along the Perimetral Highway in Guayaquil that is surrounded by a marsh.

When she started having financial problems during the time she separated from her husband, Aquilina decided to start sewing clothes for her neighbors in order to earn money to support her two children. Whenever she needed extra income, she would walk the streets of Bahía (a clothing market that covers seven blocks) in search of potential customers. With dedication, Aquilina now has an assistant who helps with sewing the clothes and making deliveries to her customers in Bahía. She makes pajamas, shirts, trousers, and other types of garments.

With this loan, Aquilina wants to buy rolls of fabric and thread for making more clothes. In the future, she wants to hire more staff so that she can produce a larger volume of clothing.

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Aquilina de 40 años, tiene un taller de confección y costura. Vive con sus dos hijos de 18 y 14 años en un lugar que está ubicado en la Perimetral de Guayaquil zona rodeada de un estero.

En el momento de la separación de su esposo y cuando tuvo problemas económicos decidió empezar a coser la ropa de sus vecinos para tener dinero y poder mantener a sus dos hijos. Pero como necesitaba más ingresos decidió recorrer las calles de la Babia (mercado de ropa que cubre 7 cuadras) para busca clientes potenciales de almacenes. Con dedicación en la actualidad tiene una persona que le ayuda a coser la ropa y a repartirla a sus clientes en la Bahía. Ella hace pijamas de dormir, camisas, pantalones etc.

Con el préstamo quiere comprar rollos de telas y hilos para confeccionar más ropa. En el futuro quiere contratar más personal para hacer con un mayor volumen la ropa.

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About Banco D-MIRO

Banco D-MIRO is a microfinance institution that serves the most vulnerable sectors of Ecuador’s economy. It offers very small loan sizes without requiring collateral, expanding access to borrowers who would not otherwise be able to access capital to start and grow their own businesses. It also specifically targets borrowers who are excluded from formal financial systems due to race, ethnicity, gender, disability or illness.

About Ecuador

  • $10,600
    Average annual income
  • 40
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    Ecuador Loans Fundraising
  • $26,538,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped Aquilina Estela purchase rolls of fabric & thread.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 25, 2010
Nov 22, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 15, 2011