A loan of $775 helped to buy merchandise.


Brígida Auxiliadora's story

The members of the Los Compañeros communal bank meet every two weeks in the city of Portoviejo, capital of Manabí, known as the city of the royal tamarinds. Brígida lives here. She is 38 years old, is in a common law marriage, and has six children, ages 17, 16, 14, 10, 9, and 6. Her oldest daughter studies at university, two in high school, and the youngest ones in elementary school. Her husband is has a cabinet making workshop.

Brígida sells all types of clothing, shoes, and sheets in order to earn an income and get ahead in her home. She sells her merchandise from door to door and sometimes at a restaurant in the city where she works and from where she receives a monthly salary. Her daughter also helps her with her sales and takes merchandise to sell to her school friends. She sells on credit and collects every two weeks or once a month, depending on the agreement. She has been doing this for three years and things are going well for her. This is the way she makes money, which she uses to pay for her children’s education, which she considers to be the most important thing.

She will use the money from this loan to buy clothing, shoes, and sheets for the Christmas and New Year seasons. This is when she sells the most. She has been with the communal bank for three cycles and she likes it because of the loans.

Her dream is for her children to become good professionals.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes


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