A loan of $1,000 helped to purchase pants, blouses, t-shirts and children's clothes.

Sulinda Robertina's story

In the Calderon parish of Portoviejo city, every 15 days the "Pimpiguasi En Progreso" Communal Bank members meet. This place is known for its delicious cuisine and its vegetation, most of its people work in agriculture and general commerce.

Sulinda is 52 years old, and several years ago her husband died leaving her without a partner. From her marriage she has 4 adult children, and one still lives at home. Sulinda, in partnership with one of her daughters, sells clothes. Every day, they set up a small area in the downtown of the city of Portoviejo, where they sell merchandise to the daily commuters. They work every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the end of the day they pick up the merchandise, go back home, and if any of their local customers request it, they are available to sell during the night .

They have been running their business for 10 years now, and it has helped them to get ahead. With this loan, they plan to purchase more merchandise such us: pants, blouses, t-shirts and children clothes. Sulinda has participated with the Communal Bank for five cycles, and she appreciates how much the loans help her business.

She dreams of one day have her own store in a fixed location.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Claudia Hinojosa

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