A loan of $3,925 helped a member to buy pants, shirts, blouses, t-shirts, children's clothes, etc.

El Limón # 2 (Portoviejo) Group's story

Every two weeks, the 13 women and 1 man who make up the El Limón community bank meet in El Limón sector, in Colon parish, in the city of Portoviejo. They all work in different business activities such as farming, commerce or providing services such as telephone services or a beauty salon. Everybody in the group works together to access the benefits provided by Fundación Espoir. This is their first loan and they hope to continue in their community bank for a long time.

Here we meet 57 year-old Gloria who is married and has two grown-up children. One of her children still lives at home. Her husband is a farmer.

Gloria is a very good homemaker who, in order to help herself and to help her husband with their household expenses, washes other people's clothes. She is currently planning to set up a business selling clothes. She hopes to use the loan that she has been granted by Fundación Espoir to travel to Guayaquil to buy all kinds of clothes and gradually grow her business.

Gloria's dreams are to own a large store and to continue to have the strength necessary to get ahead every day.

The lady in the small photo attached to the main group photo is Silvia, who couldn't attend the meeting for work reasons. Her photo was taken on another day.

In this group: Johanna Isabel, Johanna Del Pilar, Lady Italia, Gema Liliana, Deicy Irina, Eliana Stefania*, Gloria Trinidad, Barbara Monserrate, Silvia Jessenia, María Isabel, Ricardo Xavier, Ana Maribel, Sandy Roxana*, María Estefania
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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