A loan of $1,100 helped to buy clothing, shoes, greeting cards, and other items.

Olga Luisa's story

The Communal Bank "Nuevos Horizontes" (New Horizons) 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.

Sra. Olga lives in this place. She is 39 years old, in a common-law relationship, and has three children (ages 19, 16, and 15) who are in school. Her husband is a merchant.

Olga is an excellent mother and homemaker who manages a bazaar in her home. There she sells clothing, shoes, perfumes, as well as gifts and greeting cards for all occasions. She works every day from 8am to 7pm. Olga says that she has been this business for three years and has enough customers who come to her shop to buy things. In order to restock her business, she travels to Guayaquil or to Cuenca so that she can buy merchandise.

This loan will be used to restock her bazaar. She will buy clothing, shoes, greeting cards, and other items. Olga has been with her Communal Bank for five years and serves as the treasurer of her group. She enjoys being a member because of the help the loans have given her. Her dream is to see her children become successful professionals.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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