A loan of $1,400 helped to buy fabric and clothing.

Marly Benilda'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.

Marly lives here. She is 39 years old, married, and has two children ages 14 and 3. The eldest goes to high school. Her husband is a taxi driver.

Besides being a good mother and housewife, she has a business. She has a small shop where she sells fabric by the bale, as well as clothing of all kinds.

She delivers her products to merchants who then sell them at retail in various places. She also delivers to a few sewing workshop. With regard to the clothing, she goes around her town to deliver to her customers. She works every day from 8 AM to 6 PM.

In addition to this, at Christmas time she sells decorations and nativity scenes, which sell very well at this time of year. She buys her products in Guayaquil and Quito two times a month. She has been in her business for more than four years and it is going very well.

This loan is to buy fabric, as well as clothing of all kinds. She is a founding member of the communal bank and likes it because of the loans, as these help her a great deal. Her goal is to have a larger and well-organized store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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