A loan of $775 helped to buy fans, mattresses, irons, fabric and sewing supplies.


Elizabeth María's story

The “Proyecto 2003” communal bank meets every fifteen days in Jaramijo (Manta) Canton. This place is known for the beautiful beaches that bathe the coasts of this beautiful place. Most of the residents here are very hardworking and engaged in tasks related to the sea.

We met Elizabeth, 41, here. She’s married and has three children who are 19, 17 and 4 years old. The three attend University, secondary school and Kindergarten. Her husband’s a driver.

She has a small sewing workshop where she’s been making all types of clothing on order for private customers for several years now. She’s also a merchant. She sells items for the home (fans, irons, mattresses and sheets, among other things). She works every day from 6am until 10pm in her two occupations. To sell her products she goes out three days a week and also sells from home which is where she has her sewing shop. She’s had the shop for over ten years and has been in commerce for a little less than that time.

She will use this new loan to buy fans, mattresses and irons to sell and to buy fabric and other sewing supplies. She is a founding member of the communal bank and likes it because of the opportunity to receive help through the loans.

Her dreams are to have a larger workshop and a store downtown where she can sell her products.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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