A loan of $1,200 helped to buy clothing, wallets, costume jewelry, shoes, etc.


Martha Rosa's story

Tosagua Communal Bank meets every two weeks in the city of Tosagua. It's known for being a very dynamic place where, because it's an area with a lot of vegetation, the majority of the residents work in agriculture and raising animals. Martha, 41, lives here. She's married and from this relationship has two children, ages 12 and 10, who are in high school and elementary school. Her husband is an agronomic engineer. She works in business. She has a place in her house where she sells all types of clothing, shoes, wallets, costume jewelry, and various other accessories. She works every day from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. She always has liked to work and that's where she spends most of her day. It's not complicated and, in addition to earning her own income, she can help her children with their homework right there and be watching for whatever they need. She has had the business for 10 years. She started it herself with very little merchandise and has improved it a little bit along with the passing of time. This loan is to buy clothing, wallets, costume jewelry, shoes, and everything she sells in her store. She has been in the communal bank for seven years and she likes it because the loans are a big help with her business. Her dream is to always give her children the best.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall


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