A loan of $3,750 helped a member to buy t-shirts, blouses, shirts, pants, underwear and children's clothing.

Tomas Larrea (Portoviejo) Group's story

El Tomas Larrea community bank meets every two weeks in the Picoaza parish in the city of Portoviejo. This area is known for being very commercial, and for its traditional festivals of San Pedro and San Pablo as well as for the cheerfulness of its people.

This is a group of people who decided to get together and make this community bank. It serves them very well because with the loans the improve their small businesses. They work at different activities such as business, services, and selling food, among other things.

Here we had a chance to talk to Mauricio, who is 40 years old. He is married and has four children, aged 15, 14, 12 and 9 years old. Three of them go to school and the youngest is in elementary school.

He is a merchant and sells clothes. He sells door to door, and travels every two weeks to the city of Esmeraldas in order to sell his products in that beautiful province. He tells us his job is very hard, since he has to leave his family alone a lot of the time, but that he has to do it to get them their daily bread. To supply his business, he has to travel to the cities of Guayaquil and Santo Domingo to buy his merchandise. . He has been a merchant for more than 20 years, since he started when he was very young.

This loan is to buy t-shirts, blouses, shorts, pants, underwear and children's clothing, to supply his business.

His dream is to have a permanent locale where he can work and sell his products in the province and not have to leave his family to travel.

The small photo included is of one of the members who couldn't be present when the photo was taken because of work.

In this group: Cinthya Vanessa, Sara Elizabeth, Carmen Jasmina, María Mariuxi, Barbara Asuncion, María Monserrate, Mauricio Angelmo, Genny Maribel*, José Augusto, María Asuncion, Carmen Dolores*, Liliana Berenice
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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