A loan of $1,100 helped to buy fabric, thread, buttons and other sewing materials.

Mariana Del Jesús's story

In the municipal fortress of the city of Portoviejo, the capital of Manabí, (known for many years as "The City of the Royal Tamarind Trees"), the members of the New Star Community Bank for Development meet every two weeks. Here we meet Señora Mariana. She is 55 years old, and a single mother of three children; two of them are grown and the third is an 18 year old girl who studies at the university. All her children still live at home. Several years ago she took tailoring classes in a local academy.

In order to help her children get ahead, she started a small sewing shop in her home nine years ago, where she works sewing all kinds of clothes. She works from specific orders placed by individuals who come to her shop to have their clothes made. She tells us that what she makes most is sleepwear. She works based on orders from individuals and also delivers the garments she makes to bazaars​​. She works every day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and sometimes even later when she has orders to deliver. She has worked in this profession for more than 15 years.

She told us that with her last loan everything went smoothly and that it turned out well. She was current on all her payments and there were no complications. She is repeating the loan because all of the loans that she has received from the bank have helped her greatly with her business and with her personal life. Since she has the responsibility to cover the costs of her home and for her children, the loan helped her to improve her business and with the profits she was able to cover certain costs associated with her daughter studying to the university. This new loan will be used to buy fabric, thread, buttons and other materials for sewing.

She is a founding member of the communal bank and the president; she likes the group because it is very united and responsible. Her dreams are to continue moving forward with her sewing shop and that her daughter will be a great professional.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tricia Kell

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