A loan of $1,100 helped to buy pants, blouses, t-shirts and children's clothing.

Doralisa Asunción's story

The 22 of July communal bank meets every two weeks in Picoaza parish in Portoviejo, a popular place known for its traditional fiestas of San Pedro and San Pablo, and for the congeniality of its people.

Doralisa, 35, lives here, is in a communal marriage and they have five children, 16, 13, 8, 6 and 3. The two oldest are in high school and two of the younger ones are in school. Her husband is a merchant.

Besides taking care of her small children and the home, our friend sells all types of clothing door to door. She also goes to other cantons where she leaves her products with the customers she has there. She works nightly from Monday to Friday in her area and on the weekends she goes to the other cantons. She leaves the clothing with her customers on credit and collects payments every two weeks. She brings the merchandise from Guayaquil whenever she needs it. She has been working in this business for 9 years and it’s going quite well.

She will use the loan to buy: pants, blouses, t-shirts and children’s clothes. She has been with the communal bank for more than three years and she likes it because the loans have really helped her get ahead with her business.

Her dream is to provide the best for her children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Miriam Palacio

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