A loan of $1,100 helped to buy fabric, thread, buttons and other sewing supplies.

Anabelle Elionor's story

In the residencial community of La California in the Manabí capital, Portoviejo, known for many years as the city of the royal tamarinds, the communal bank "La Nueva California" meets every 15 days.

This is where we met Mrs. Anabelle, 53, who is married and has three children who are all adults. Two of them still live at home and go to the university. Her husband is a professional chauffer.

Several years ago she learned how to sew at an academy in the city, where she earned the title of seamstress. Taking advantage of her expertise she started her business several years ago and has a sewing shop at home where she makes all kinds of clothing. For men she only makes shirts, but for women and children she makes anything the customers want. She also makes sheets that she has for sale. Also, when school season starts her work increases considerably and she has to work overtime. Her normal hours are every day from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and when she has rush orders she works even later, because she always fulfills her promises. She has been working in her shop for over 15 years and it has been very beneficial for her life.

This loan is to buy fabric, thread, buttons and other sewing supplies to make sheets and apparel. She has been a member of the communal bank since the beginning and she enjoys it because of the help and benefits she receives.

Her goal is to continue in her business and personal life as she has until now.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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