A loan of $1,100 helped to purchase pants, blouses, shirts, and children's clothing.

Yanina Verónica's story

The communal bank Mujeres Progresistas meets every two weeks in the canton of Jipijapa, which is a canton also know as "the coffee sultan," due to its extensive production of coffee of incomparable flavor, its gastronomy, and its people's warmth.

This is where we met Yanina. She is 25 years old, married, and has four children from this relationship. Their ages are 9, 8, 4, and 3. The three eldest go to school. Her husband is a janitor for a private company.

With the intention of earning some money on her own so that she can help her husband with home expenses, she works selling all kinds of clothing. She sells door to door and she also sells at home, where her customers come when they need an item. She works every day in the morning, and says that she makes the most of those hours, since that is when her children are at school and she can make her rounds. She gives her customers credit and charges them biweekly. She goes to Guayaquil to purchase her merchandise every two weeks or every month, depending on what she needs. She has been in this business for two years and it is going very well for her.

She is going to use this loan to purchase more merchandise, such as: pants, blouses, shirts, and children's clothing. She has been with this communal bank for six years, and she likes it because she gets help through the loans.

Her dream is to have a warehouse downtown.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mariana Sanchis

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