A loan of $1,300 helped to buy undergarments, pants, shirts, blouses and children’s clothing.


Deici Vicenta's story

The communal bank Soraya meets every two weeks in Montecristi, known for its rich pre-colonial culture and its handicrafts which is recognized nationally and internationally; a place known for its famous Panama hats. Deici lives here. She is 57 years old, married and has seven children, six of whom are older and the youngest, 16, studies in school, three of her children still live with her. Her husband is a teacher in a local school.

Deici is a very good housewife and earns her own income and with this she helps her husband. She sells all types of clothing. She has a small place in her house where she makes her sales. The majority of her sales are through customer orders made in advance. She works every day; her customers pay on credit and pay every two weeks. Her merchandise is brought from Peru and Colombia. She has been doing this for 17 years and is doing very well.

This loan is to buy undergarments, pants, shirts, blouses and children’s clothing. She is a founding member of the communal bank and she likes the ease of the payments.

Her dream is to have a big store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diana Lima


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