A loan of $1,625 helped to buy clothes, wallets, shoes, etc.

Fátima Del Consuelo's story

In the city of Portoviejo, the capital of Manabí, which has long been known as the city of the Royal Tamarind Trees, the members of the Libertad #1 Communal Bank meet once every two weeks.

This is where Fátima lives. She is 51 years old, married and has one daughter from this relationship. Her daughter is now grown up but still lives with her parents as she is in the last years of studying medicine. Fátima's husband works for the Provincial Council.

As well as being a great housewife, Fátima also has a small business selling clothes, shoes, wallets and costume jewelry, among other things. She sells door-to-door and also from her home to her best customers. Her daughter also helps her by selling the merchandise to her fellow students at the university. Her merchandise is very profitable as it is exclusive: Fátima travels to Guayaquil to get it. She has been doing this work for nine years and through this is able to help her daughter pay for her studies, which are quite expensive.

This loan is to buy clothes, wallets, shoes and other things to sell. Fátima has been part of the Communal Bank almost since the beginning and she likes it because of the help it gives her to get ahead.

Her dream is for her daughter to be a great doctor.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer |Joanna Bartlett

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