A loan of $1,100 helped to buy trousers, shirts, blouses, children's clothing, etc.

Celinda Margarita's story

In the city of Portoviejo, the capital of the Manabi Province and known for many years as the city of the royal tamarinds, the members of the communal bank "Luz de América" meet every two weeks.

Here we meet Celinda, age 59, who is single and lives with her sister and 15-year-old niece who is a student and who she loves like a daughter. She has been in the communal bank for 12 terms and she enjoys it not only because it keeps her busy but because of the support she receives from her friends there.

She earns her living selling all kinds of clothing on a door-to-door basis and out of her home where she has display cases set up for the customers to shop. What she sells most are women's and little girls' clothing. She also prepares and sells up to 10 lunch meals a day which she delivers. She works every day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. She buys her merchandise in Guayaquil once a month or when necessary. She has been in business for 14 years and it has gone well for her.

She plans to use the loan to buy trousers, shirts, blouses, children's clothing, etc.

Her dream is to have her own shop one day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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