A loan of $550 helped to buy pants, blouses, t-shirts, children's clothes and underwear.

Diana Carolina's story

Every two weeks, the 'Camino al Progreso' community bank meet in the city of Montecristi which is known for its rich pre-colonial culture. It is also known, both nationally and internationally, for its handicrafts. It is home to the famous Panama hat.

Here we find 22-year-old Diana, who lives with her common-law husband and has two children aged 6 and 1. Her eldest child attends elementary school. Diana's husband works in a local factory.

Seeing that her husband didn't earn enough money to support their household, Diana needed to earn her own money so that she could help him provide for their family. Diana's business is selling all kinds of clothing and underwear. She makes her sales door to door and goes out three days a week to sell her goods. She makes her sales in the mornings or in the evenings as this is when her children are in the care of her husband or her mom. She leaves her goods with her customers on credit and collects payment every week. She buys her merchandise in Guayaquil whenever she needs to.

Diana has been in this business for barely 6 months and it is going very well. She will use this loan to buy more merchandise such as pants, blouses, t-shirts, children's clothes and underwear. She has been a member of her community bank for two years and she likes it because her group is quite united. Diana's dream is to make progress in her business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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