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


María Hiralda'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. María, 42, lives here. She’s separated and has three children who are all adults now but still live with her.

With the aim of earning something on her own to support herself alone, she’s been a merchant for 14 years. She sells all types of clothes door to door and also from home where she has some display cases set up to display her merchandise. She works three or four days a week going from place to place and every day at home. She sells on credit and collects payments biweekly. She goes to Guayaquil to buy merchandise every two weeks or once a month as needed.

She will use this loan to buy merchandise like pants, blouses, t-shirts and children’s clothes. She’s been in the communal bank four years and likes it because of the support she gets from the loans. Her dream is to continue selling merchandise in order to get ahead.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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