A loan of $1,100 helped to buy women's clothing, shoes, purses, and accessories.


Suzana Elizabeth's story

The communal bank "Unión Y Desarrollo" meets every 15 days in the "las Orquídeas" residential community of the city of Portoviejo, a place known for the warmth of its people and its initiative to move forward. In this place there lives Suzana. She is 30 years old and maintains a civil union relationship from which she has a 4-year-old son. The husband is a merchant. She sells clothing of all types, shoes, and sandals. Her manner of selling is door-to-door and she also sells in the house where she lives but only to her better-known customers. She works everyday and all day now that she sells in her home as well. She leaves her customers on credit and collects every 8 or 15 days. She is going to buy her merchandise from Guayaquil and soon from Colombia. She has been doing this activity for more than 6 years and it is going very well for her. This loan is to buy women's clothing, shoes, purses, and other accessories. She has been with the communal bank for 3 years and she likes it because the interest rates are lower than in other credit institutions. Her dream is to own her own home since where she lives is rented.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeremy Orloski


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