A loan of $1,000 helped to buy fabric, thread, buttons and other sewing materials.

Orfilia Esperanza's story

The communal bank La Sirena meets every 15 days in the neighborhood of La Sirena in the city of Manta. It is a city known for its beautiful beaches which are visited throughout the year, and for being a city of singular beauty with many tourist attractions. Here lives Orfilia, 59, who is married and has three adult children who are engaged but still live independently at home. Her husband works occasionally.

Several years ago she learned sewing at an academy in the city in order to earn her own income and hlep out with family expenses. Over 30 years ago she set up a sewing shop in her house where she works making all kinds of clothing on an order basis for private customers. What she makes most are clothing items she sells to fishermen who use them as travel clothes, and she also makes pyjamas and children's sleepwear which she delivers to different parts of the city. She works every day from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and sometimes even later when she has a lot of orders.

This new loan will be used to buy fabric, thread, buttons and other sewing supplies. She has been in the communal bank since its beginning and likes it because of the help she has received all this time.

Her goal is to expand her sewing shop, and for her and her family to have good health.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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