A loan of $700 helped to purchase pants, blouses, T-shirts, comforters, curtains, sheets, etc.

Sandra Patricia's story

The members of Agrupación 24 De Mayo Communal Bank meet every 15 days in Rocafuerte canton. This place is known for the delicious sweets its inhabitants prepare, which are appreciated throughout the country.

Sandra lives here. She is 31 years old and lives with her common-law partner with whom she has three children, who are 12, 10 and 6 years of age and in secondary and elementary school. Her husband is a farmer and trader.

Our friend, with the goal of earning something on her own and getting ahead, is dedicated to selling clothing, sneakers, sheets, comforters, curtains and other products. She sells door to door and also from her house, where she has a small shop. She notes that the majority of her sales are on orders she takes from her customers. She works three or four days a week, sells on credit and collects from her clients every fifteen days. She buys her merchandise in Guayaquil or Santo Domingo, depending on where she gets the best price. She has had this business for three years and it is going well.

Sandra will use the loan to purchase more merchandise, such as pants, blouses, T-shirts, comforters, curtains, sheets and other products she sells. She has been a member of her communal bank since its inception and she enjoys it because of the help she receives through loans.

Her dream is to provide the best for her children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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