A loan of $675 helped to buy men’s, women’s, and children’s underwear.

Jenny Rosario's story

The Chimborazo Community Bank meets every two weeks in the Picoaza parish of the town of Portoviejo. It’s well known as a business hub, as well as for its traditional festivals and its fun-loving people.

32-year old Sra. Jenny lives there. She is married and has two children aged 9 and 2. The older one attends school. Her husband is a businessman. As well as being a good housewife, Jenny sells men’s, women’s, and children’s underwear door to door. Depending on the orders she gets from her customers and the time she has available, she works three days a week, three to four hours a day, as she also has to attend to the needs of her children and the house in general.

Jenny has been doing this work for a year and a half and all has gone very well. She is able to help her husband with household expenses. She goes to Guayaquil to buy the merchandise whenever new stock is needed.

With the loan Jenny plans to buy more underwear. This is her fourth loan cycle with her community bank and she enjoys being a member as with one of the loans she was able to start a business. Her dream is own a second business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A

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