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

Virginia Elizabeth'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. Virginia, 25, lives here. She’s married and has two children who are 7 and 5 years old; both attend school. Her husband’s a merchant.

She and her husband sell all types of clothes door to door. While she goes throughout their city, her husband heads out to other cities to sell their merchandise. They sell on credit and collect payments weekly or biweekly. They go to Guayaquil to buy merchandise every two weeks or sometimes even once a week when their sales are good. They’ve been merchants for ten years and they do quite well; this is how they earn their livelihood honorably.

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 more than five years and likes it because of the support she gets from the loans. Her dream is to have a small store downtown.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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