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

Maryury Azucena's story

The Tosagua communal bank meets every two weeks in Tosagua, known as a dynamic city where most of the inhabitants are farmers and raise animals since it’s an area with lots of vegetation.

Mayury, 38, lives here. She is married and they have three daughters: 17, 13 and 10 who are studying in the university, high school and elementary school. Her husband is in the business.

She and her husband sell all kinds of clothing. Mayury set up a small stand in the center of the city where many sales people offer their products. Her husband goes as far as Bahia and Calceta where he also sells their products, especially on market days when more people come to the cities. They go to Peru, Quito, Guayaquil or Ambato to buy their merchandise whenever they need it. They have been working in this business for more than 20 years and it’s going well.

She will use this loan to buy more merchandise like: pants, blouses, t-shirts and children’s clothing. She has been a member of the bank for 5 years and she likes it because the loans come quickly and they are safe.

Her dream is to have a big commercial stand.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Miriam Palacio

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