A loan of $950 helped to buy women's clothing: pants, blouses, underwear, etc.

Rosa Elizabeth's story

The Quiroga Community Bank gets together every other week in the Quiroga district of the city of Calceta. Most of the people in this area work in agriculture, raising animals, and selling their products.

Here we met Mrs. Rosa. She is a single mother with three children. One is an adult and the other two are 9 and 8 years old and attend school. She lives in her parents' house. She has been with her community bank for 9 years and she likes it because thanks to the loans she has been able to help her children get ahead and she tells us that the little bank is the best.

She works selling all types of clothing and she sells it door to door. She also sells out of her home where she has a small store. She shares that her customers make requests. She works every day from 8 am until 11 am and later has to return to her home to help her children with their school work. She sells to her customers on credit and collects from them every 2 weeks. She orders merchandise from Guayaquil every 2 weeks or every month according to her needs.

This loan is to buy more clothing, especially women's clothing like pants, blouses, underwear, and other articles. She dreams of giving her children the best of everything.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emily Meinecke

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