A loan of $1,600 helped to buy pants, shirts, children's clothing and other articles of clothing.


Dolores Geoconda's story

The "Guerra de los Sexos" (War of the Sexes) communal bank meets every two weeks in Picoaza parish in the city of Portoviejo. This is a place known for being a commercial center, for its traditional San Pedro and San Pablo festivals, and for the rich historical culture that its mountains enclose.

Dolores lives here. She is 32 years old, in a common-law relationship, and has two children ages 14 and 12 who go to high school. Her husband is a public employee.

She is a woman who likes to fend for herself and earn her own income so that she can give the best to her children. She sells clothing of all kinds, and her method of sale is door-to-door. She works three days a week, especially in the morning hours, as at that time her children are in school. She also sells from her home, where her most regular customers come.

She sells her merchandise on credit and collects weekly. She has been in this business for 12 years and buys her merchandise in Guayaquil whenever she needs to. This loan is so that she can go to Guayaquil to buy pants, shirts, children's clothing and other articles of clothing.

She has been with the communal bank since the beginning, and likes it because the group is close-knit and responsible. Her dream is to give the best to her children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie


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