A loan of $1,200 helped to buy supplies.

María Monserrate's story

The members of the “Desarrollo Femenino” communal bank meet every two weeks in the Calderón parish of the city of Portoviejo. This area is known for its delicious food and for its vegetation. Most of its residents are involved in farming and general business.

María lives here. She is 58 years old, is married and has five adult children, all on their own. Her husband is a public employee.

A few years ago she learned to sew at a local school and she set up a small workshop in her home so that she could earn her own money by taking advantage of her knowledge of sewing. There she makes all types of clothing and also does catalog sales of Leonisa brand clothing. She also makes sandwiches and candy, but only to order. She works daily from 6:00am to 8:00pm and sometimes later if she has orders to fill, either sewing, or candy. She has been sewing for more than 35 years.

She will use the money from this new loan to buy fabrics and sewing supplies, as well as ingredients for her candies. She is a founding member of the communal bank and she likes the assistance that the bank provides.

Her dream is to have her own shop.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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