A loan of $1,100 helped to buy bermuda shorts, bathing suits, t-shirts, etc.

Francisca Isabel's story

Leónidas Proaño Communal Bank meets every two weeks in the neighborhood of the same name in the city of Manta, known for its pretty beaches that are visited frequently in every season of the year and for being a city of unequaled beauty with many tourist attractions.

Here we met Francisca. She is 46 years old and single, and lives in an apartment that she rents. She has been in the communal bank since the beginning, and she likes it because with one of the loans she began her business, which allows her to earn a living honorably. For this she is very grateful to the institution.

She works door-to-door selling all types of clothing to earn her income to make a living. She works every day, some four hours a day. She leaves things on credit and charges every week. She goes to Guayaquil to buy her merchandise when she needs it. She has been doing this work for five years and it is going very well for her.

She is going to use this loan to buy more merchandise, especially seasonal items such as bermuda shorts, bathing suits,and t-shirts, among other articles of clothing.

Her dreams are to have her own house and boutique or grocery store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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