A loan of $1,650 helped to buy bathing suits, bermuda shorts, T-shirts, blouses, and children's clothing.

Lady Vanessa's story

In the canton of Rocafuerte all-female members of the communal bank, Mujeres Organizadas, get together every fifteen days. This place is known for its delicious sweets that the locals make and they are known throughout the whole country.

Lady, 33 years-old, lives in this place, and has a common law marriage from which she has three children who are 14, 10, 7 years-old. The oldest studies in high school and the rest are in elementary school. Her husband makes a living making bricks.

Besides being a great housewife, she also makes a living doing business. She sells all types of clothing and her method of selling is going door to door. Also, she sells home goods like blenders, irons, and toasters, among others. She sells these by means of readers. She works three days a week for some six hours daily. She sells her customers products on credit and charges every fifteen days. She buys clothing in Guayaquil and receives the home goods from a distributor in the center of the city of Portoviejo. She has been making a living doing this for ten years and it has gone very well for her.

The loan is to buy clothing- above all seasonal clothing like bathing suits, bermuda shorts, T-shirts, blouses, and children's clothing. She has been with the communal bank for five years and she is thankful for the help and benefits that the institution offers them.

Her dream is to have her own store.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Shannon Birk

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