A loan of $850 helped to buy merchandise.

Fernanda Rosibel's story

The “El Paraíso” communal bank meets every two weeks in the Picoaza parish of the city of Portoviejo. This area is known as being a very commercial zone, for its traditional San Pedro and San Pablo festivals, and for the cheerfulness of its people.

Fernanda lives here. She is 24 years old, married, and has two children, ages 6 and 3. The older one attends school. Her husband works at a water company.

She sells things in partnership with her father. They sell sheets, awnings, towels, and general clothing. They travel to other towns and often to eastern Ecuador where their products sell very well. For now, her father does the selling because she has not been able to go since her son was born, but she will resume when he is a little older and she can leave him with her mother.

She will use the money from this loan to buy merchandise. She’s been with the communal bank for almost three years. She’s the treasurer and likes the help that the loans provide.

Her dream is to have a home of her own. She currently lives in her in-laws home.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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