A loan of $1,100 helped to buy a wide variety of craft items.


Sonia's story

The “Communal Bank for the Future of Women” meets every 15 days in La Pila, in the canton of Montecristi. This area is very well known in the province and in the country for its rich traditional culture; it is a place where a great variety of crafts are made by its residents, following the traditional customs.

In is where we meet Sonia. She is 56 years old, is married, and she has three grown children. One of them still lives at home. Her husband is a mason. She has been in the communal bank almost since it started and she tells us that the bank is the best because, thanks to the loans, her business has improved.

She works in sales. She buys and sells decorative items and ceramics. She has store in her house where she sells all kinds of crafts. She works every day from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Her son sometimes helps her when he isn’t busy, but most of the time she works alone. She tells us that she began this business 10 years ago and that over time she has been expanding and improving it. She is very grateful to Fundación Espoir because it’s thanks to the loans that this has been possible. She buys her products from area artisans.

This loan is for buying more crafts of all kinds and models for stocking her business. Her dream is to continue with her business and to have good health.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jennifer Day


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