A loan of $550 helped to buy trousers, shirts, blouses and other items of clothing.

Angelica María's story

Members of the communal bank 'Dulce Amistad' meet every fifteen days in the canton of Rocafuerte. This place is known for the delicious sweets its locals, who are known by the whole country to be warm, friendly, hard working people, prepare.

This is where Angélica lives. She is 23 years old and lives in free union from which she has a three month old daughter, who requires a lot of care. Her husband is a mechanic.

She is a young mother and housewife who obtains her own income and with this she can help her husband with the household bills. She makes a living in retail. She sells catalogue clothes and she does this door to door. She works three days a week between two and three hours a day preferably in the mornings, as this is when her mother can look after her baby. She leaves her products on credit and collects payment every week or every fifteen days depending on what her customers want. She has worked in this business for four years and it is going well.

She will use this loan to buy trousers, shirts, blouses and other items of clothing. She has been a member of this communal bank for two loan cycles and she likes it for the help given by the MFI.

Her dreams are to continue ahead with her business and that her baby doesn't go without anything.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Laura Darby

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