A loan of $1,100 helped to purchase clothing.

Ana Isabel's story

The “Con Amor Y Fe Hacia el Desarrollo” (“With Love and Faith Towards Development”) communal bank meets every two weeks in Los Bajos in the city of Montecristi, a city known for its cultural riches and for its artisan work such as the Panama hat, known both throughout the country and outside of it.

In this place we meet Ana, 45 years old. She is married, and from this relationship she has two children, 22 and 23 years old. Both of them live with her. Her husband is a driver. Our friend has been an artisan for several years. She went to a sewing and dressmaking academy, where she learned this profession very well.

She has a small dressmaking shop in her house, where she has sewn clothes for many years. She works based on orders from particular people who need her services. She also sells all kinds of clothing, which she does door-to-door, although most of her sales take place in her own shop. She works every day from 6:00am until 10:00pm, and sometimes later when she has orders to deliver. She has been doing this work for more than 10 years, and it’s going pretty well for her.

She is taking out another loan with the goal of moving forward in her business, since with the loans she finances herself and continues moving forward. She tells us that the previous loan went very well for her and she obtained very good earnings, and she had no delays in making the repayments.

She is taking out this new loan in order to purchase clothing of all kinds to sell this month, which is a very good one. For her, the loans are so important, since through them she has improved her business and her family’s life. She has been a member of the communal bank from the beginning, and she likes it because the institution is very serious and reliable.

Her dreams are to continue moving forward in her daily life and to improve with the passing of time.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Karen Monat

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