A loan of $5,750 helped a member to buy pants, shirts, t-shirts, and children's clothing.

Caña Brava (Santa Ana) Group's story

In the city of Santa Ana, known for its beautiful landscape and for its beautiful fresh water resorts that are highly visited by many tourists, every 15 days the 14 female members and 2 male members of the Caña Brava Communal Bank meet. The same members who make a living through agriculture, raising animals, and general commerce.

In this place lives Señora Mercedes, who is 44-years-old and maintains a common-law marriage of which she has 9 children, 7 of whom are already older and the two younger children are in high school. Also living with them is a small grandson who is 5 and studies in kindergarten. Her husband makes a living in agriculture.

Our friend, with the intention of earning something for her account and with this be able to help with the household expenses, works in a home doing housework. She also makes a living through commerce by selling clothing of all kinds, which she sells in the form of going door to door. She works every day although her sales are carried out during the nights and weekends. Her children help with her sales when she is working, leaving her garments by credit and charging every 15 days. She buys her merchandise in Portoviejo in a place where they sell at a very good price. She has spent more than 8 years making a living through this work, and thanks to this her children are able to keep studying.

She will use this loan to buy more merchandise like pants, shirts, t-shirts, and children's clothing. She has been with the Communal Bank since the beginning and likes it for the help they give her to succeed.

Her dream is to see that her last children become professionals.

In the last row of the photo there is a member whose face you cannot see; for this reason they have taken a separate individual photo.

In this group: Maritza Annabelle, Jaritza Janeth, Teresa De Jesús, Danny Humbelina, Cointa Ines, Pilar Marisol, Yaneth Auxiladora*, Cenia Gissela*, Genny Paula*, Felicita Del Jesús, Ediva Antonio, Elizabeth De Las Mercedes, José Francisco, María Isabel, Sandra Maricela, Carmen Maribel
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Stephanie Sawyer

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