A loan of $1,000 helped to buy fabric, thread, buttons, zippers, etc.

Ramona Monserrate's story

Ramona, 45, is a member of the Nueva Jerusalén (The New Jerusalem) communal bank which meets every two weeks in Portoviejo’s Nueva California neighborhood. Portoviejo, capital of Manabí, has been known for many years as the City of the Royal Tamarinds.

Ramona is a founding member of the communal bank and is very happy because thanks to the decision they made so many years ago not only she but all her fellow bank members have been able to receive help.

She is married and has four children. Two of them are adults and two, who are 14 and 9 years old, still live with her and go to secondary and elementary school. Her husband is a fireman. She learned clothes making and design several years ago at Portoviejo’s Manuela Cañizares Academy.

She has a small sewing workshop where she’s been making all kinds of clothes for many years. She makes items to order. What she enjoys making the most is women’s clothes. She works every day from 6am until 10pm. She buys her sewing supplies in Portoviejo and she tells us that she’s been in this occupation for 15 years now.

She will use this new loan to buy fabric and other sewing supplies. Her dreams are to have a larger workshop and a store downtown.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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