A loan of $675 helped to buy pants, blouses, t-shirts, and children’s clothes.


Juana Yessenia's story

The “Buenas Amigas” (Good Friends) Communal Bank meets every two weeks in the Montecristi Canton. The Montecristi Canton is known for its rich pre-colonial culture and for its handicrafts, which are known both nationally and internationally. It is the home of the famous Panama hat.

Juana is a founding member of the communal bank. She is the bank’s Payments Overseer, and she likes the bank because of the ease of getting loans.

She is 31 years old and married. They have two children, ages 11 and 2. The older child goes to school. Her husband is a master bricklayer.

In order for our friend to earn some money on her own and help with the household expenses, she sells all types of clothing. She sells door to door, and she also sells at her house, where her customers come. She works away from home three days a week, and all of the days are the same. She gives credit to her customers, and she collects every two weeks.

She goes to Guayaquil every time she needs to buy merchandise. She has been in this business for three years, and it is going very well for her.

She will use this loan to buy more merchandise like pants, blouses, t-shirts, and children’s clothes.

Her dream is to give the best to her children.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish


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