A loan of $1,100 helped to buy women's clothes, pants, t-shirts, blouses, etc.


Luz Moserrate's story

Every two weeks, the Jesús del Gran Poder community bank meets in the beautiful city of Calceta. Calceta is known as 'Calceta la sin par' (Calceta, the city without equal) because, as far as its residents are concerned, there is no city more beautiful in the world. Here we meet Luz. Luz is 54 years old and currently separated. She has 5 children from her relationship but one of them died. All of her children are grown up and independent. She has been a member of her community bank for 10 years and she likes being a member because of the help that the institution provides. Luz sells all kinds of clothes. She makes her sales door to door and also sells from her home. She works every day from 9.00am to 1.00pm and she also works all day at weekends. She leaves her products with her customers on credit and collects payment every two weeks. She buys her merchandise in Calceta and tells us that she chooses her customers carefully because it is very risky to leave products with people she doesn't know. She tells us that she has been in her business for six years and it has done very well. Luz will use this loan to buy clothes; above all women's clothes, pants, blouses, t-shirts, and other garments. Her dream is to own her own home since the house she lives in at the moment is rented.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard


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