A loan of $1,100 helped to buy pants, blouses, tee shirts and children's clothing.

Modesta Narcisa's story

Every fifteen days in Los Bajos de Montecristi, a city known both inside and outside the country for its great diversity of typical products such as straw hats an shawls, the members of the communal bank Madres Unidas ("Mothers United") gather.

In this place we meet Modesta. She is 47 years old, married and by this relationship has two children who are now grown, but who still live in her house. Her husband is a driver.

In order to earn her own money and with it to help her husband with the household expenses, she works selling clothing of all types. Her form of sales is door-to-door. She works three to four days a week, especially in the afternoons after she has left everything ready in her house. She also sells in her house where her customers come if they want some garment. She gives credit to her customers and charges them every week. She buys her merchandise in various cities, wherever she obtains the lowest price or the best variety of garments. She has done this work for 18 years and it is going very well since she has many customers that she has earned with the passing of the years.

She will use this loan to buy more merchandise such as pants, blouses, tee shirts and children's clothing. She has been a member of the communal bank for 10 years. She is the president and she likes it for the benefits and the complementary credits that they offer.

Her dream is to have a store or boutique.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Dan Fulwiler

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