A loan of $650 helped to buy pants, blouses, shorts and children's clothing.

Jessica Maribel's story

The village bank Por Un Nuevo Amanecer meets every 15 days in the canton of Montecristi, known for its rich pre-colonial culture and for nationally and internationally-recognized crafts. They are famous for the straw hats made here.

Jessica, 28, is married and has two children, 7 and 4. Her older child is in school. Her husband is a laborer.

Jessica is a very good wife and mother who, in order to help with the household costs, is a merchant. She sells all types of clothing from door to door. She goes out in the mornings to work while her son is in school and she can leave without a problem. She sells on credit and collects payment every 15 days. She goes to Guayaquil to buy her merchandise because she gets it cheaper and with greater variety, which makes her customers happy. She has been doing this for more than 6 years and it's going well.

This loan is to buy pants, blouses, shirts and children's clothing. She has been in the village bank for 2 years and likes it because the loans have helped her. Her dream is to have a store to sell her merchandise.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Berghaus

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