A loan of $900 helped to buy clothes.

Genny Martha's story

The “Mujeres Progresistas” (Progressive Women) communal bank meets every fifteen days in Jipijapa Canton, a canton known as the “Sultana del Café” for its extensive plantations of incomparably flavored coffee, for its cuisine and for the warm-heartedness of its people.

Genny, 35, lives in this place. She’s in a common law relationship and has three children who are 12, 9 and 2 years old. The two older ones attend secondary and elementary school. Her husband is a taxi driver.

She is a very good housewife who with the intention of earning her own income to help her husband with household expenses sells all types of clothes door to door and also at home where she has a small space and works every day. She sells on credit and collects every fifteen days. She goes to Guayaquil or to Quito to buy merchandise whenever she needs to. She has more than six years in this activity and she does very well.

She will use the loan to buy more merchandise like pants, blouses, t-shirts and children’s clothes. This is her fifth cycle in the communal bank and likes it because her fellow members are very nice and trustworthy. Her dream is that her children never lack anything.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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