A loan of $550 helped to buy sheets and undergarments.


Angela Leonor's story

In Mejía, located a few kilometers from the city of Portviejo, people who work largely in agriculture and the cultivation and sale of coconuts, meet every two weeks at the communal bank Corazón Mejía (Mejía Heart). Angela lives here. She is 48 years old and has a common-law partner and four children; three adults and one under the age of 15, two of them are studying in school and are still living with them. Her husband works in an orchard. Angela, with the intention of earning something on her own and with this loan, can help her husband with the household expenses and have her children not lack for anything. She works in trade, selling sheets and undergarments. She sells door to door and also at her home where customers go when they need something. She sells on credit and in cash, weekly or biweekly, according to how customers wish to pay. She buys her merchandise at Guayaquil every two weeks or monthly according to what she needs. She has been working in this business for ten years and it is going very well as she has a good customer base. This loan will be used to buy more merchandise such as sheets and undergarments. She has been with the communal bank for 7 cycles and she likes it for the help that loans provide to improve her business. Her dream is to see her children complete their education and become good professionals.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diana Lima


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