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

Alexandra Maricela's story

The Mujeres Unidas De Los Bajos comunal bank meets every 15 days in Los Bajos de Montecristi, a city known for its cultural richness and handicrafts such as, for example, the panama straw hat, well known both within and outside of the country.

Here, we meet Sra. Alexandra, 27, who is separated and has a 6 year old son from that relationship. Her son is in school and she lives with her parents. She has gone through two loan cycles with the communal bank and enjoys the help they have provided. She started her business with an earlier loan she received.

In order to earn a living and to insure her son does not lack anything, Alexandra sells all kinds of clothing. She sells door to door and also from her house where her most well-known customers can come. She works every day from 8 until 11 and takes advantage of the time her son is in school. She offers credit to her clients and collects every eight days. She buys her merchandise in Guayaquil or Portoviejo whenever necessary. As noted, she started her business with the previous loan and it is doing very well.

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

Her dream is that her son will have everything he needs.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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