A loan of $900 helped buy t-shirts, pants, and children's clothing.


María Solanda's story

In the city of Portoviejo, the capital of Manabi, known for many years as the “City of the Royal Tamarind Trees,” there is a meeting every 15 days of the members of the Libertad #1 communal bank. Maria has been a member of the group for four years, and she likes it for the additional services provided by Fundación Espoir. Maria is 54 years old, is married, and has four children, all of them grown and independent. Her husband is a cabinetmaker. Aside from being a homemaker, Maria has a business selling clothing from a catalog, and also selling personal items. She works Monday through Friday making deliveries and then collects on Saturday. She buys her merchandise in Guayaquil and occasionally also travels to Huaquillas. Maria also has a small bookstore in her home. She has operated the clothing business for 12 years and the bookstore for 7. She says that, thanks to God, everything has gone very well. This loan will be used to purchase t-shirts, pants, and especially children’s clothing. Maria’s dream is to enlarge her business and have a big bazaar.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer jeff hersk


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