A loan of $1,075 helped purchase pants, blouses, shirts, and children's clothes.

Dolores Geoconda's story

Los Sexos Communal Bank meets every 15 days in the Picoaza parish in the city of Portoviejo. This place is known for being a very commercial area as well as for its traditional festivals of San Pedro and San Pablo and for the rich historical culture enveloped by the mountains.

In this place lives Dolores, 32 years old, who is married with two children who are 14 and 12 and studying in school. Her husband is a public servant.

Dolores is a woman who likes to make her own way and earn her own money to give the best to her children. She sells all types of clothes, selling from door to door. She works three days a week in the mornings and evenings because this is when her children are in class. She also sells out of her home, where her most familiar customers go. She sells her merchandise on credit and collects every eight days. She has been in this business for 12 years. She buys her merchandise in Guayaquil whenever she needs it.

She is repeating this loan because with the one she received, she made very good income during the Christmas season. With her revenue, she was able to pay for certain things and expenses at her children's schools and purchase supplies for the home. This loan, like the first, is to purchase all types of clothes, such as pants, blouses, shirts, and children's clothes. She has been with the communal band from the beginning and likes it because of the help the loans give her.

Her dream is to give the best to her children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Olivia Shirley

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