A loan of $1,200 helped to buy pants, blouses, t-shirts and children's clothes.

Everilda Asunción's story

The “Mujeres de Lucha” (Women of Struggle) communal bank meets every fifteen days in Picoaza Parish in the city of Portoviejo, a place known for being very commercial, for its traditional feast days of Saint Peter and Saint Paul and for the cheerfulness of its people. Everilda, 27, lives here. She’s a single mother of two children who are 8 and 4 years old; the older child attends school. She lives in her parents’ house.

With the aim of earning something on her own to move her household forward with, Everilda sells all types of clothes door to door and also at home where she has a small shop. She works three or four days a week going from place to place and every day from home. She sells on credit and collects payment biweekly. She goes to Guayaquil to buy her merchandise every two weeks or monthly according to need. She’s been in this business for 8 years and does very well.

She will use this loan to buy merchandise like pants, blouses, t-shirts and children’s clothes. She’s been in the communal bank for three cycles and likes it because of the support she gets from the loans. Her dream is to give her children the best.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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