A loan of $775 helped to buy fabric, zippers, thread, bottons, etc.

Sonia Del Rocío's story

The members of the "Ave Fénix" (The Phoenix) communal bank meet every 15 days in the city of Portoviejo, the capital of Manabí province. Portoviejo has been known for many years as the "City of the Royal Tamarind Trees".

Sonia, is 50, married, and has 5 children; 4 of them are adults, and 2 are at university. The youngest is 13, and in high school. Her husband is a tailor. Our friend works alongside her husband in the tailoring shop they own in the center of the city. They make men's clothing, such as pants, shirts and suits in any pattern.

They work every day from 8:00am to 7:00pm when they close their shop; but often the work doesn't finish there, since at home they keep working when they have a big order to complete. Our friend tells us that she has done this work for more than 20 years, and that in spite of all the mass-produced clothing that is available, they have enough customers who prefer to have their clothes made in her shop.

This loan is to buy materials for sewing such as thread, fabric, zippers, bottons, and other things. She has been with the communal bank for 2 years and she likes it, because thanks to the loans, she is able to contribute more to the business. Her dream is to move forward in life and to enjoy good health.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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