A loan of $500 helped buy clothing and shoes.

Rossana Paola's story

In the citadel of La California de Portoviejo, capital of Manabí, well known for several years as the city of the reales tamarindos, every fifteen days the members of the Communal Bank, The New California, meets.

It is in this area that Mrs. Paola lives, she is 29 years old, a single mother of two children of 7 and 4 years of age, the oldest is in school and the youngest is in nursery school. She lives with her children in her parent’s home.

Mrs. Paola is business she sells clothing, sheets, women’s shoes, and purses. She goes around her neighborhood and in certain parts of the city while her children are in school to make her sales with greater ease. She has been in business for some five years and thanks to it she has been able to give her children all that they need. Her merchandize is bought in Guayaquil at the end of every month.

This loan will be used to buy clothing and shoes since that is what she sells most, especially during the upcoming month for the Christmas and New Year holiday season. She has been a part of the Communal Bank for about three years and enjoys the help she receives to get ahead and to improve her standard of living day to day.

Mrs. Paola’s dream is to have her own home for her children and herself.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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