A loan of $1,400 helped to buy fabric, thread, buttons and other sewing materials.

Ana Monserrate's story

In the city of Portoviejo, capital of Manabí, which has been known for many years as the city of the royal tamarinds, the members of the Virgen De Monserrate (Virgin of Monserrate) Communal Bank meet every two weeks.

This is where Ana lives. She is 62 years old, married, and with her husband she has seven children. Five of them are now adults and two, ages 9 and 7, attend school. Three of her children still live with her. Her husband drives his own car for hire.

Several years ago Ana learned dressmaking in a local academy, where she earned the title of artisan in this branch of sewing. She has had a small sewing workshop in her house for many years, and she makes all types of clothing. She works on orders from individuals, although she also has contracts with institutions like elementary schools and high schools in the town for making uniforms.She works everyday from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m and at times even later when she has work to deliver. She also makes plantain chips, which she sells to people who come to her house to buy them. Ana has had her workshop for more than 20 years, and it has helped her to give her children a good education.

She will use this new loan to buy fabric, thread, buttons and other sewing materials. Ana has been in the communal bank since the beginning, and she likes it because of the help the loans give her.

Her dreams are to get ahead with her work and to give all the best to her children.

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