A loan of $675 helped to buy fabric, buttons, needles, thread, and zippers, etc.

Filerma Narciza's story

The “Dulce Amistad” (Sweet Friendship) Communal Bank meets every two weeks in the Rocafuerte canton. This place is known for its delicious sweets that the villagers make, which are recognized throughout the entire country. The people there are very warm, kind, and hard-working.

This is the place where we meet Filerma. She is a founding member of her communal bank. She likes it because the interest is lower than in other institutions that make loans. She is 54, divorced, and has four children. They are all adults, but one of them still lives with her.

Several years ago she studied dress-making in an academy. She is a seamstress, and she has a small sewing shop where she has devoted herself to sewing for many years. She makes all types of clothes. However, she tells us that she likes to make clothes for girls and casual clothes the best.

She works from orders that private individuals make for what they need. She works every day from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Sometimes she works later when she has orders to deliver. She tells us that she has been devoting herself to this business activity for 20 years.

She will use this new loan to buy fabric, buttons, needles, thread, zippers, and other sewing materials.

Her dreams are to have a larger shop and better machines.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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