A loan of $1,225 helped to buy uniforms and underclothes for children.


Jahaira Katty's story

The “Sea of Progress” Community Bank meets every 15 days in the beautiful resort of San Mateo in the city of Manta. This place is known for its beautiful beaches, which are visited year around by local and foreign tourists. In this place most of the people are fisherman or do work involving the sea.
Here we meet Mrs. Jahaira, who is 21 years old, married, with one two year old child. Her husband is a fisherman.
Jahaira, in order to have her own earnings and help her husband with household expenses and the expenses of her young daughter, sells all types of clothes. She sells them door to door and also from her house. Her customers come to her house when they need some clothes or they need new merchandise. She goes out to sell her items three days a week, mostly in the mornings as that is when her mother can care for her child. This is how she can easily do her work. She gives layaway to the customers that she knows well and she collects their payments every eight days. She buys her merchandise in Guayaquil as she needs it. She has been doing this job for the past year and it is going well.
With this loan she will buy uniforms and underclothes for children. She has been a member of the community bank for the past two years and she welcomes the help of the loans they offer. Her dream is that her daughter never lacks anything, ever.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Esther Levandoski


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