A loan of $4,525 helped a member to buy clothing, swimwear, shorts, t-shirts and shoes.


La Cantera (Portoviejo) Group's story

In the sector known as El Cady in the Colon church of the city of Portoviejo, 15 female members and 2 male members of the community bank La Cantera get together every 15 days. They work on different activities such as agriculture and commerce in general. The same members that joined forces to have access to the benefits of Fundacion Espoir are working for their second loan and hope to be part of the community bank for a long time.

One of the members is Marcia, she is 19, she is in a common law relationship and has no children. Her partner works in commerce, she studies the 3rd semester of business administration at the local university.

She is a young housewife that in addition to studying for a better future also sells Avon products (beauty products, cosmetics, perfumes, accessories). She works hard every day and in addition to selling in her town, she also sells at the university where is studies, the loan will be used to invest in seasonal clothing and shoes, that she hopes to promote and sell while sells her avon products. She has done this activity for a year and she is doing very well.

This loan will be used to buy clothing, swimwear, shorts, t-shirts and shoes. This is the second loan with the community bank, she is the president of the bank and likes being a member because the repayments can be easily made.

Her dream is to own a house because she rents where she lives.

The two kids in the picture are the children of the members.

In this group: Marcia Marcela, Lucia Gema, Rosana Del Rocio, María Lucila, Ramona Maritza, Lorena Elizabeth, Laura Atenaida, Hugo Fernando, Mariuxi Evelyn, Mónica Monserrate, Mabel Yadira, Floricenda Del Rocio, Olinda Rosalia*, Juan Carlos*, Lucia Margarita, Santa Mercy, Fatima Ximena
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sofia Burt


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