A loan of $1,100 helped to buy trousers, blouses, shirts and children’s clothes.

Gloria Mariana's story

The San Pedro Communal Bank meets every fortnight in the neighborhood by the same name located in Manta, a town renowned for her beautiful beaches, visited all over the year, and for being a city of unparalleled beauty with many tourist attractions.

Here we meet Mariana. She is 60 years old, she is married and she has two adult children, one of whom still lives with her. Her husband is retired.

She is a housewife who sells clothes of every fashion in order to earn some money on her own to help paying for her expenses and those of her family. She sells door-to-door three days a week for 2-3 hours a day; she also sells in her house where her customers come to when they want some clothes or when she receives new products, as she receives clothes form Spain; when she needs products she also buys them form a supplier in Manta. She has been engaging in this activity for more than 25 years and she has many customers.

The loan she is requesting will be used to buy trousers, blouses, shirts, children’s clothes and other products. She has been a member of the Communal Bank for 15 years, and she likes it because the repayments are is easy to make.

She dreams of getting ahead in life and of carrying on with her activity.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emanuela Villa

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