A loan of $900 helped buy clothing, shoes, fabric, thread and other sewing materials.


Rosa Antonia's story

The members of the communal bank Unión y Solidaridad meet bimonthly in the San Pablo parish in the city of Portoviejo, capital of Manabí, known for many years as the city of the Royal Tamarind Trees.

Here we meet Señora Rosa who is 52 years old, married and from this marriage, has five children. Four of them are adults and she has an 11 year old daughter who attends primary school. Four of them still live with her. Her husband is a merchant. She is a seamstress who learned her trade at a craft center several years ago.

She has a small sewing shop in her house where she works sewing all types of clothing. She works based on her orders from individuals. She also makes girl's clothing that she displays in a glass case to sell. In addition to her sewing shop, she also has a stationary store in her home which she attends to while she is works in her shop. Right now she is also selling clothing and shoes to take advantage of the Christmas and New Year season as people buy a lot of these products. She has been running her business for 5 years and things are going well for her.

She will use this new loan to buy clothing, shoes, fabric, thread and other sewing materials. She has been a member of her communal bank for 5 years. She likes it because she started her business with her first loan.

Her dreams are to have a boutique and a much larger shop with more machines and operators.

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