A loan of $775 helped to buy trousers, blouses, T-shirts and children's clothing.

Diana Karolina's story

The Communal Bank "Amigas De Espoir" meets every two weeks in the beautiful city of Calceta. The city is well-known, and has a nickname of "Calceta without equal" because of the beauty of its women, and because for its inhabitants, there is no more beautiful city in the entire world.

This is where Señora Diana lives. She is 23 years old, and in a common law marriage from which she has a five-year-old child and and 11-month-old baby. The older child attends school. Her husband works in retail.

Our friend works in business together with her husband; they sell all types of clothing. Their sales approach is to go door to door. She tells us that her husband goes to other places, while she also works out of her home where her customers come to her. This is also because her baby is still very young, so it's difficult for her to accompany her husband on his trips, although she used to do so regularly before her son was born. They work everyday, selling on credit and making the charges each weekend. They buy their merchandise in Quito and Guayaquil as they need it. They have been working in this business for five years, and have many customers.

They will use this loan to buy more merchandise, such as: trousers, blouses, T-shirts, and children's clothing.

She has been a member of the Communal Bank since the beginning, and likes it because of the loans, which are a great help for her business and for her personal life. Her dreams are to have a vehicle to use to improve her sales.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Arabella Pollack

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