A loan of $1,100 helped to purchase fabric, clothing and shoes.

Jenny Argentina's story

The members of the Madres Unidas Communal Bank meet every 15 days in Los Bajos de Montecristi. This city is known for its great diversity of traditional products, such as for example, Panama hats, which are famous both inside and outside of the country.

Here we meet Sra. Jenny, 40, who is married and has two children, 12 and 9 years old. They attend secondary and primary school. Her husband is a merchant.

Jenny has a variety store in her home where, in addition to selling small items such as clothing and shoes, she also sells furniture, mattresses and upholstery fabric among many other products. She works every day from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. A boy works with her whom she pays a monthly salary and also her husband helps her when he is not busy. She has had the business for more than five years.

This loan is to purchase fabric, clothing and shoes to stock her store. She has been a member of the communal bank for three years and she likes it because of how quickly one obtains loans.

Her dream is to have a truck to do her shopping and for delivering her goods.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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