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

María Gabriela's story

In the Las Orquideas district of the city of Portoviejo, the communal bank Niño Jesús de Las Orquídeas meets every two weeks. This is an area on the edge of the urban zone, where the people work in a variety of activities.

Here we meet Señora Maria. She is 27 years old. She is married, and she and her husband have two children, a three-year-old and a 4-month-old baby. Her husband is a security guard. She has a degree in education.

Our friend, with the intention of earning something on her own and using it to be able to get ahead in her household, since her husband cannot achieve this, works in teaching. She gives classes at a private school in her neighborhood. But in addition to this, she also has a business. She sells clothing of all types, and her form of sales is door to door. She also sells at her workplace, since her coworkers and the mothers of the families are good customers. In addition, in the evening she makes her rounds, selling and collecting, since she leaves things with her customers on credit and collects every week. She goes to Guayaquil to buy her merchandise whenever she needs to. She has been working in this business for 4 years, and it is going very well for her.

She is going to use this loan to buy more merchandise such as pants, blouses, t-shirts, and children's clothes, among other items. She has been in her communal bank for 2 years, and she likes it because the group is very responsible.

Her dreams are to give the best to her children and to have an appointment to a state school.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry

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