A loan of $1,700 helped to buy clothes.

Nila Genny's story

The La Sequita communal bank meets in the Sequita parish, which belongs to the region of Montecristi and the village of Manabita. It is full of dedicated, hard-working people who are proud of their roots and heritage. Sequita is a parish where the residents are honest people who only know how to work and take care of their families.

Nila lives here. She is 45 years old, married and has three adult children. One of these children lives with her, due to suffering from epilepsy. Her husband works in Guayaquil.

Our friend sells all types of clothes in order to earn her own income and contribute to household expenses. Her form of sale is door-to-door, she travels with the products that she delivers. The majority are orders made in advance by customers who pay on credit, which Nila collects every 15 days or on the weekends, according to her customers' wishes. She works four days a week. She buys her merchandise in Guayaquil, taking advantage of her husband's trips to go and buy at the end of the month, generally. She has worked in this business for over 12 years and is satisfied with it.

This loan is to buy clothes in Guayaquil since she already has some orders. She is a founding member of the communal bank and likes it because of the additional benefits that the institution provides.

Her dreams are to see her son recover from the severe back pain he suffers from, and to continue working.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Polenske

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