A loan of $700 helped to buy shoes and sandals.

Rosanna Maribel's story

In the lower part of the city of Montecristi, known for its diversity of artisanal products such as the straw hats that are famous inside and outside of the country, the members of the Community Bank for the Progress of Women meet every fifteen days.
Here we meet Mrs. Rosanna, who is 28 years old. She is married and has an eight-year-old child who studies at the school. Her husband works at a factory in Manta.
Our friend, in addition to being a good mother and wife, studies civil engineering at the school in Manta. In order for her to pay her school expenses, and seeing that her husband cannot afford the expenses, she sells shoes and sandals. She sells these door to door in her neighborhood and also sells them to her classmates at the university where she studies. She sells the shoes on layaway and gets payments every fifteen days. She has been doing this business for the past four years. Thanks to this business she is able to study and continue with her career.
This loan will be used to buy shoes and sandals. She has been working with the communal bank for the past four years. With her first loan she started her business. Her dream is to finish her studies and be a successful professional.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Esther Levandoski

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