A loan of $1,100 helped to buy trousers, blouses, T-shirts, and natural products.

Juana Del Rocio's story

The Communal bank "Mujeres Progresistas" (Progressive Women) meets every 15 days in the canton of Jipijapa, which is known by its nickname "The Sultan of Coffee" because of its extensive coffee crop that has an incomparable flavor. This area is also known for its food and the warmth of its people.

It is in this place that one can meet Sra. Juana. She is 35 years old, separated from her spouse, and has three children (ages 18, 17, and 9). The two older children attend university and the youngest one is in school. Juana has been with her Communal Bank for 12 years and enjoys being a member because the loans have given her a great deal of help.

Her intention is to earn an income of her own so that she can move forward. Juana sells all types of clothing and natural products. She sells clothes by going door-to-door and the natural products are sold from her shop in the city of Portoviejo. Juana says that her life is very hectic because she has to travel to different places throughout the day. Her children help her and she has three employees at her shop in Portoviejo who are paid a weekly salary. Juana works every day from 7am to 7pm. Her merchandise is purchased in Guayaquil every 15 days or on a monthly basis, depending on what is needed. Juana has been in business for more than 16 years and has done very well.

This loan will be used to buy more merchandise, such as trousers, blouses, T-shirts, and natural products of all types from various companies. Her dreams are to see her children finish their studies and to increase her business even more.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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