A loan of $775 helped to buy clothes.

Leonor Concepción's story

In the city of Portoviejo, the capital of Manabí known for many years as the city of the true tamarinds, the members of the "Pequeños Comerciantes" communal bank meet every fortnight.

In this place lives Señora Leonor. She is 37 years old, and is married with three children who are 14, 12 and 9 years old. The older ones study at secondary school and the youngest is in primary school. Her husband sells vegetables in the local market.

In order to make some of her own money, and with this help her children with the cost of their studies, Señora Leonor sells all kinds of clothes. She sells the clothes door to door or takes orders from her customers in advance. She works three to four days a week and about four hours a day. She goes to buy her merchandise in Guayaquil, where she visits one or two times a month depending on her sales or the orders she has. She sells on credit and collects the money every week. She has had this business for 10 years and it is going very well for her.

She will use this loan to buy all kinds of clothes since at the moment she has some orders. She is a founding member of the communal bank and she likes it because it is easy to take out loans and make payments.

Her dream is to have a premises for her business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jessica Brown

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