A loan of $775 helped to buy fabric, thread, and other sewing supplies.


Shirley's story

Picoaza is listed in the books as one of the aboriginal towns in the Manteña culture. This urban parish is located only ten minutes from the capital of Portoviejo. Manabita is full of many stories. The members of Banco Comunal María Asunción meet here every 2 weeks. Shirley lives in this place. She is 53 years old. She is married and they have six adult children who are independent. One of them died some years ago. Two of them still live at home. Her husband is a driver. She learned dressmaking in an academy in the city a few years ago. She is a dressmaker and has a small sewing workshop at home. She sews all types of clothing but mostly what she makes are bed sheets as this is what is most requested by her customers and it is what gives her the most profit. Once she has made the sheets she delivers them to a facility in the city, filling the request of those that desire this service. She works every day from 8:00AM until 6:00PM. She has had her workshop for more than 18 years and is doing very well. She is going to use this loan to buy fabric, thread, and other sewing supplies. She has been with the communal bank for 15 years and she likes it for the lending facilities that the institution has for granting loans. Her dream is to get ahead and to be able to buy a car.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand


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