A loan of $975 helped to buy pants, shirts, blouses, and children's clothing.

Reyita Jaqueline's story

The communal bank Guerra de Los Sexos ("War of the Sexes") meets every fifteen days in the Picoaza parish in the city of Portoviejo. This place is known for being a very commercial area, for its traditional celebrations of San Pedro and San Pablo, and for the rich historical culture that is enclosed between its mountains.

Here lives Reyita, 42, who is married and has four children from this relationship, three older and the youngest is 13 and studying in school and still lives with her. Her husband is a merchant.

Rayita, like her husband, makes a living selling all types of clothing. Three to four days a week, they go to the nearby fields where they have a very good client base that always buys from them since they make payment easy, granting things on credit and charging by the week.

She has accompanied her husband in his sales for four years, even though he has already spent many more years devoted to sales. With this work they have moved their family forward in an honest way.

She is repeating her loan request since with the former loan she made improvements to the business. With her earnings she was able to pay for expenses related to her son's studies and buy certain medicines since she was mildly ill. This loan, as the former loan, is to buy all types of clothing such as pants, shirts, blouses and children's clothing.

She has been in the communal bank from the beginning and she likes it for the help that the loans offer her. Her dream is to buy a car to be able to travel to more places selling her apparel.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jamie Schau

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