A loan of $1,000 helped to buy clothes, shoes, stuffed animals, cards and a variety of other items.


Silvia Maribel's story

In the canton 24 de Mayo, Manabi Province, the members of the communal bank 'Nuevos Horizontes' meet. This area is known for its beautiful scenery and hard-working people who are mainly engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry. 40-year-old Silvia lives here. She is married and has four children aged 23, 21, 18 and 16. They all live together, and two of the children are studying at university and college. Her husband is a civil employee. Silvia has two bazaars, one in 24 de Mayo and the other in Montecristi. She sells clothes, shoes, gift items and many other bazaar goods. She travels every day from her home to the town of Montecristi to run her business, while the other bazaar is managed by a local girl who Silvia employs and pays a monthly salary. Silvia has had her business for over two years. She buys the products to stock her store from Guayaquil and Ambato. This loan will be used to buy clothes, shoes, stuffed animals, cards and a variety of other items. This is Silvia's second cycle with the communal bank where she handles the tax regulations, which she enjoys because the payments are easy to make. Silvia's dream is to continue to succeed in her business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Fiona Craig


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