A loan of $1,100 helped purchase material for manual work, clothes, shoes, and miscellaneous items.

Katiuska Antonieta's story

The village bank Esperanza y Progreso (Hope and Progress) meets every 15 days in the Montecristi canton. The area is known for its rich, pre-colonial culture. Its craftwork, which includes the famous Panama hats of "paja toquilla" straw, is recognized internationally.
In this place we find la señora Katiuska. She is 38 years old, married, and has two children, who are nine and seven years old, respectively. They attend school. Her husband is a teacher in a school in Mauta. She is a government employee.
She has a bazaar in her house, in which she sells all types of products such as clothes and shoes. She and her husband also do silk-screen printing of sashes, ribbons, and other things. While she is in charge of the sale of clothes and shoes, her husband does the manual work, which is done as ordered by customers. Their business has had a good beginning because the work is good and their costs are low. They work every day from eight am until six at night. They have a girl who helps them wait on customers. They bring their merchandise from Guayaquil and Ambuto.
This loan will be used to buy material for manual work and to buy clothes, shoes, and miscellaneous items. She has been a member of the village bank for 10 years and is pleased with the benefits she has received. Her dream is to pay off her car loan.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Schell

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