A loan of $675 helped to buy clothes, shoes, wood and other products for making furniture.

Rosa Isabel's story

Every fortnight the members of the 'La Unión Hace La Fuerza' (Unity is Strength) community bank meet in Rocafuerte canton. This place is known for the delicious sweet treats that its residents make. They are well known around country.

Rosa has been a member of the community bank for 10 years. She likes the meetings and the talks. She is 51 years old. Several years ago her beloved husband died. She has four children from that relationship. Her children are now all grown up but one still lives with her. Her youngest daughter lives in Guayaquil and is still in her care as she is not married.

Rosa is a teacher in a local school. She also has a business selling all kinds of clothes and shoes. She sells her goods door to door and works every day since she also takes advantage of being in her work place to sell to her work colleagues. In her home, Rosa also has a cabinet making workshop in which her son works with the help of two other workers. They work on customer orders and also for stores who request their work. They buy their merchandise in Guayaquil and raw materials in Portoviejo.

This loan will be used to buy clothes, shoes, wood and other products for making furniture. Rosa's dream is to fix up her house.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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