A loan of $1,100 helped buy fabrics, threads, clasps, buttons, etc.

Francisca's story

The members of the Light of America Cooperative Bank meet every fifteen days in the city of Portoviejo, capital of Manabí, known as the city of the royal tamarinds.

Here is where we find Francisca, 60 years of age and a widow. Her husband passed away a few years ago; they had four children, and one of them lives with her. She learned the trade of design and tailoring, and has had a small sewing workshop for many years. She makes all types of clothing, but mostly bedding that she sells to her customers. Currently, she is sewing uniforms for the start of the school year. She works every day from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm, and sometimes even later when she has orders to deliver.

She plans to use this new loan to buy fabrics, threads, clasps, buttons and other sewing supplies. She has been a member of the cooperative bank almost from its inception, and she enjoys it because she can get access to credit more easily.

Her dream is to have a workshop with a better infrastructure.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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