A loan of $600 helped to purchase pants, blouses, T-shirts and children's clothing.

Flor Cecilia's story

Twice a month in the Calderón parish of the city of Portoviejo the members of the communal bank "Pimpiguasi En Progreso" gather together. This place is known for its gastronomical wealth and its flora. The majority of its inhabitants devote themselves to farming and commerce in general.

Ms. Flor, 50, is a single mother of five children, four of them adults and the youngest is seven years old. Two of her children are going to school, one in high school and the other elementary school; these are the ones who still live with her.

Doña Flor works at a public institution but in order to make some extra money and so be able to get ahead with her children she devotes herself to commerce. She sells all types of clothing by catalog. Her style of work is door-to-door. She takes advantage of the weekends and nights to make her runs although the greater part of her sales are made to her coworkers on the job. She sells to her customers on credit and collects every two weeks. She goes to purchase her merchandise in Guayaquil whenever she needs it. She has been doing this work for six years and it is going very well for her.

This loan will be used to purchase more merchandise such as pants, blouses, T-shirts and children's clothing. She has been with the communal bank for four loan cycles and she likes how quickly the loans are issued.

Her dream is to see her children finish their schooling and become good professionals.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Meg Wolfe-Roberts

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