A loan of $600 helped to buy fabric for the school season, rice, sugar, bars of soap and shampoo.


Elvira Yolanda's story

Elvira Yolanda is 63 years old, she lives in a common-law marriage and she has seven children. She lives with her husband and one son, because the others are married, in the precinct of San Joaquín in the canton of Montalvo in the Province of Los Ríos. The communal bank of San Joaquín is 15 minutes away from the office in Montalvo and it is composed of 12 members. Elvira Yolanda makes a living with her convenience store business and she is also a seamstress. She is requesting the loan to buy fabric for the school season, rice, sugar, bars of soap and shampoo. With the loan she will increase her store. Her sales and purchases are done in the city of Babahoyo. Her dream is to increase her business to have a store with varied products. The challenge she faces is the competition. Elvira spends her spare time sewing since she makes articles of clothing.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ariadna Rico



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