A loan of $900 helped to buy clothes.

Lely Soledad's story

The Communal Bank "Divino Niño Jesús" (Divine Christ Child) meets every 15 days in the canton of Jipijapa, which is known by its nickname "The Sultana 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. Lely. She is 54 years old, married, and has five children. Four of them are grown and the youngest one is 17 years old and studying at an institute of higher learning. Her husband is a tricycle driver for hire in their town.

Lely is a homemaker who generates her own income so that she can help her husband with the household expenses. She sells clothing of all types by going door-to-door. Lely works three to four days per week depending on the level of her sales. In order to sell more, she extends credit for her products and collects payment every eight days. Lely has been in this business for three years and has done very well. As a result, she and her family have been able to move forward since her husband does not earn very much and there are many expenses, including her daughter's education. It is also helpful that Lely sells at the school where her daughter studies.

This loan will be used to buy all types of clothing. She has been with her Communal Bank for four years and enjoys being a member because one of the loans was used to start her business. Her dream is to see her daughter become a successful professional.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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