A loan of $1,200 helped to buy pants, blouses, t-shirts, and children's clothing.

María Maruxi's story

In the neighborhood of Las Orquídeas in the city of Portoviejo, the communal bank, "Niño Jesús de las Orquídeas" meets every two weeks. This is a peripheral urban area where people make a living through various activities.

Here, we met señora María, who is 34, married, and has 4 children, who are 15, 14, 11, and 7. The two oldest are in secondary school, and the two youngest are in elementary school. Her husband is a merchant.

Our friend, with the intention of earning something on her own and therfore getting ahead and helping with her home's expenses, makes a living through selling all kinds of clothing. She travels to Tosagua, Bahía, and Calceta, places where she sets up a small kiosk to sell her products. She travels to these cities on market days because that is when the most people go to these cities. She buys her merchandise in Guayaquil, Portoviejo, or Santo Domingo. She has had this business for 13 years, and it is going very well for her.

She will use this loan to buy more merchandise like: pants, blouses, t-shirts, and children's clothing. She has been with her communal bank for four cycles, and she likes it because the loans help her business a lot.

Her dream is to have a large location for her business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tanya Harper

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