A loan of $1,000 helped to stock her clothing sales business.

Alejandrina Del Jesús's story

The La Mocora community bank meets twice a month in La Mocora, a neighborhood in the Ecuadorean city of Portoviejo. The people of Portoviejo work hard, many at farming and livestock-rearing.

Alejandrina, 30, is a member of the group. She and her husband, a metalworker, have no children.

Alejandrina works as a secretary for a local company, but she has a business of her own, as well. She sells all kinds of clothing, going from door to door, making the most of her weekends to grow the business. She buys the merchandise she sells in Guayaquil once or twice a month. She sells on credit and collects from her customers at weekends. She has operated the business for a year and says that she is happy with her progress because she is steadily adding new customers.

Alejandrina will use this loan to stock her business with the clothing she sells: shorts, bathing suits, shirts, etc. This is her third loan from the group and she says that she is grateful for the help.

Her goals for the future are to grow the business and start a family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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