A loan of $1,075 helped to buy pants, blouses, t-shirts and children's clothing.

Laura Rocio's story

In Mejía, located a few kilometers from the city of Portoviejo, a city of people dedicated in great measure to agriculture and the cultivation and sale of coconuts, the Mejía communal bank meets every fifteen days.

In this place lives Laura, who is 25 years old and has a common-law husband with whom she has one 5-year-old daughter. Her husband is a merchant.

She is a young mother, and to obtain her own income, she dedicates herself to selling clothing of all types. Her sales method is door to door, and she also sells from her home, where her customers come to her when she has new merchandise. She works three days a week, above all in the evenings. She sells on credit to her customers and collects payments every fifteen days. The merchandise is brought by her husband or is sent from the United States, because he travels often to this country, since he is a U.S. resident. She has run this business for more than 2 years, and it is going very well for her.

She will use this loan to buy more merchandise, such as pants, blouses, t-shirts and children's clothing. She has been in the communal bank for two years, and she likes it because of the ease in obtaining loans.

Her dream is to keep growing with her business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman

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