A loan of $1,075 helped to buy merchandise for her business.

Bertha María's story

Bertha is a 49 year old woman, a divorced mother of two children. Both of her children are in school. The oldest is in high school and the youngest in elementary school. The live in the "13 de Abril" housing cooperative in the city of Santo Domingo.

Santo Domingo de los Colorados is one of the youngest cities in the country, the meeting point of the sierra and the coast. It is a privileged place, not just for its ethnic heritage, but for the unusual landscapes that can be seen at the very entrance to this beautiful city. Santo Domingo de los Colorados belongs now to the province of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, which was recently formed. The main festival of Santo Domingo is celebrated with many tourists and commerce and cultural exchange. There is a big fair in the facilities of the Cattle Rancher's Association. There the best examples of the different breeds of cattle from the region are shown.

Bertha has worked selling casual clothing for 20 years. She works from Monday through Saturday all day long. This has allowed her to support her children and give them a modest life. She wants to invest in merchandise since at this Christmas season her sales go up considerably, allowing her to have extra income to get ahead in her home. Despite collecting from her customers, every day it gets harder due to economic crisis. She remains optimist since she has a good clientele.

She hopes to have a merry Christmas with her family and with this investment, she will be able to give her children a better quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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