A loan of $675 helped to buy irons, blenders, shirts, pants, shoes, sandals, etc.


Elina Margarita's story

In the city of Portoviejo, capital of Manabi, which for many years has been known as the city of the Royal Tamarind Trees, the village bank Mujeres en Accion [Women in Action] meets every 15 days.

Here we meet Elina, who is 33 years old, in a civil union and has 2 children ages 11 and 5. The oldest is in middle school and the youngest in primary school. Her husband is a fruit and vegetable merchant.

She is also a merchant, selling articles for the home like irons, blenders, toasters, sheets and other things. She also sells clothes, shoes and sandals. She works two days a week selling door-to-door. She sells directly or takes orders for some of her products, and for others she has a bookkeeping system where the clients select a product and pay weekly until they receive their product. She has been doing this for many years and says that it has gone well for her.

This loan is to buy more products like irons, blenders, shirts, pants, shoes, sandals and other things. This is her 5th cycle with the village bank. She is very happy and likes it because she can get loans quickly.

Her dream is to have her own well-constructed home.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Berghaus


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