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

María Felicita's story

The “Mujeres Unidas” (United Women) communal bank meets every fifteen days in the San Alejo neighborhood in the very beautiful city of Portoviejo, capital of Manabí, and known as the “City of the Royal Tamarinds.” It’s a city of hospitable, kind people that offers many attractions to visitors.

We met Teresa, 55, here. She’s married and they have three children. Two are professional adults now and the youngest is 17 years old and is attending university. Two of them still live at home and her husband’s a taxi driver.

She learned dressmaking several years ago at a local academy. To earn her livelihood and help her husband with household expenses she’s been sewing clothes for many years. To do so, she installed a small workshop at home where she makes all types of clothes for men, women and children but she confesses that what she most enjoys is making children’s clothes. She splits her time between work and home. She works every day from 8am until 9pm and sometimes even later especially at the start of the school term when she has much work. She’s been with her shop for more than 17 years and thank God never lacks work. This loan is to buy fabric and other sewing supplies.

She’s been in the communal bank for more than 13 years and likes it because of the help they give her with the loans. Her dream is to have a great sewing workshop and good health to be able to continue forward.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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