A loan of $1,500 helped to purchase pants, blouses, t-shirts, and children's clothing.

Lina Eulalia's story

The communal bank "Virgen Del Mar" gets together every two weeks in the gorgeous beach resort of San Mateo in the city of Manta, known for it's beautiful beaches that are visited all year round by foreign and domestic tourists. Here, the majority of locals make a living in fishing and other sea industries.

This is where Lina lives. She is 50 years old, married and has five adult children. One of them lives in her home. Her husband makes a living in the fishing industry.

In order to carry her weight and help with expenses she makes a living selling all kinds of clothing. Her selling style is door to door and also sells from her home to customers who visit. She works every day, gives her customers credit, and charges in two installments. She purchases her merchandise in Manta or in Guayaquil when she gets a chance. She has been doing this for four years and it is going really well for her.

She will use this loan to purchase more merchandise like: pants, blouses, t-shirts, and children's clothing. She has been part of this communal bank for four years and she likes it because, thanks to her first loan, she started her business.

Her dream is to grow her business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christian Lopez

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