A loan of $550 helped to buy baskets, paints, fabrics, threads, buttons, wire, etc.

Holalla Dominga's story

The communal bank "José Cesario Reyes" meets every two weeks in the Montecristi Canton, known for its rich, pre-colonial culture and crafts, both nationally and internationally. It is also known for the famous Panama straw hat.

This is where Mrs. Holalla, 57, lives with her common-law husband and three children who are all adults and independent. Her husband works for the canton league.

She is a great housewife who earns her own income making and selling crafts. She makes cloth flowers, doll clothes, and paints and decorates wicker baskets in different colors. Once a week she takes her products to the city of Guayaquil to the different shops that buy her merchandise. She works every day from 8:00 a.m. until nighttime when she has orders, and has been doing business successfully for over 20 years.

The loan she has requested is to buy baskets, paints, fabrics, threads, buttons, wire and other raw materials to make her products. She has been a member of the communal bank since the beginning and is its acting president. She enjoys belonging to it because the loans have been of great help in keeping her business going.

Her goal is to stay healthy so she can keep working.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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