A loan of $1,100 helped to buy flowers.

Hilda Elizabeth's story

The members of the “Mi Mundo Natural” (My Natural World) communal bank meet every two weeks in the city of Portoviejo, known since colonial times as the City of the Royal Tamarinds.

We met Hilda, 31, here. She’s in a relationship and they have four children who are 12, 8 and three years old and a 7-month-old baby girl. The two oldest go to secondary and elementary schools. Her husband’s a merchant.

She has a locale where she sells floral arrangements (flower shop). She sells arrangements in different shapes, sizes, colors and prices. She tells us that many customers make daily gifts of her products. She works every day from 7am until 6pm. The flowers are sent to her from the mountains, especially the roses, by a wholesaler that stocks her locale three times a week. She’s been in business 12 years and has done very well.

This loan is to buy flowers. She’s been in the communal bank for 8 cycles and she likes it because her business has grown a bit more with each loan. Her dream is to have a locale of her own because she currently rents.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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