A loan of $775 helped to purchase thread, cloth, and other material for making cushions.

Delia Victoria's story

The Damas Del Futuro [“Ladies of the Future”] Communal Bank meets every fifteen days in Pajan Canton. The canton is known for its thriving livestock industry. One of its attractions is the Rodeo Montubio, which takes places at certain times of the year.

The canton is also the home of Delia. She is 57 years old and is a widow; her husband passed away several years ago. She has two children, one an adult and the other a teenager. Delia’s younger child is 16 years old, attends high school, and still lives with her.

Delia has a workshop where she makes cushions and pillows. She says that she decorates them with different embroidery for her customers, who are pleased with the products she offers. Once a month she brings her products to the city of Guayaquil and delivers them to certain stores where she then sells them to customers. While she is in Guayaquil she also purchases the materials she will use to make her next batch of cushions and pillows. Delia also sells her products at her home to customers who know her and like her work. She has had this business for 4 years and it is going well, and she loves what she does.

Delia will use this loan to purchase thread, cloth, and other materials she needs for making cushions. She has been a member of her communal bank from the very beginning and likes it because of the easy access to loans.

Delia’s dream is to carry on with her business and have excellent health.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Chris Knutson

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