A loan of $875 helped to buy purses, wallets, light shoes and shirts, pants and children’s clothing.

María Solanda's story

The women members of the communal bank “Libertad #1” [Liberty #1] meet every 15 days in the city of Portoviejo, which is the capital of Manabí and has been known for many years as the city of the “Royal Tamarind Trees.”

In this place lives Maria, who is 56 years old, married, and has four adult children who are all independent. Her husband is a cabinetmaker.

In addition to being a good housewife, Maria has two businesses. She has a bookstore in her house and she also sells clothing by catalog, including light shoes, purses, wallets and costume jewelry, among other things. With the help of loans, she has been able to increase her merchandise, as before she was only selling clothing, and she has been able to greatly increase her sales. She sells door-to-door but also in her house, which is where her best-known clients come. She works Monday to Friday with her deliveries and she collects the payments on Saturdays. She buys her merchandise generally in Guayaquil but sometimes travels to Huaquillas. She has been running a business for more than 14 years, which has helped her provide for her family.

This loan is to buy purses, wallets, light shoes and shirts, pants and especially children’s clothing, which is what sells the most at this time of year close to Christmas and New Year. Maria has been working at this business for more than six years and she likes it, because she has grown it with the loans she has received.

Her dream is to have big store.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Graham Robinson

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