A loan of $1,000 helped to buy pants, blouses, T-shirts, and children's clothing.

Flor Beatriz's story

The "Para el Futuro de la Mujer" communal bank meets every two weeks in La Pila in Montecristi canton. This place is well-known in the province and in the country for its rich traditional culture. Here you can find a great variety of crafts made by its inhabitants, following their traditional customs.

This is where we met Flor. She is 36, married, and has two children, ages eight and two. The eldest one goes to school. Her husband operates a taxi. She is a teacher in a private school in the area, but also works selling clothing of all kinds.

She sells door-to-door on weekends, and also sells to her co-workers and to mothers at her workplace, when she is unoccupied. She sells her products on credit, and collects every week. She goes to Guayaquil to buy the merchandise every time she needs to.

She has been working at this activity for more than ten years, and it's going very well.

She is going to use this loan to buy more merchandise, such as pants, blouses, T-shirts, and children's clothing.

She has been in the communal bank for seven years, and likes it because her fellow members are a close-knit group, and are reliable. Her dream is to have a shop, and a teaching position in a public school.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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