A loan of $1,000 helped to buy pants, blouses, t-shirts, and children's clothing.

Denys Elsa's story

Amistad Communal Bank meets every two weeks in the city of Tosagua. This place is known for being very dynamic, with the majority of its residents working in agriculture and raising animals because it's an area with extensive vegetation.

Here we met Denys, 42. She is married and has four children from this relationship, three of them adults and a 17-year-old daughter who is in school and still lives with her. Her husband works in agriculture.

Our friend sells all types of clothing to earn something on her own so she can get ahead and help with the household expenses. She sets up a small kiosk in the center of the city, where many merchants sells their products. She also goes to other cities, such as Bahía and Calceta, to sell her products. She travels on market days, when more people go to these cities. She is going to buy her merchandise in Peru, Quito, Guayaquil, or Ambato, which she does every time she needs to supply her kiosk. She has been doing this work for nine years and it is going very well for her.

She will use the loan to buy more merchandise such as pants, blouses, t-shirts, and children's clothing. She has been in the communal bank for 13 years and she likes it because she began her business with one of her loans.

Her dream is to have a big store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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