A loan of $850 helped buy pants, blouses, T-shirts, and children's clothes to sell.

Aura Cecilia's story

The Calle America Communal Bank meets every 15 days in Montecristi Canton, known for its rich pre-colonial culture and its artisan crafts. It is recognized at the national and international level. This is where the famous toquilla straw hats are made.

Here resides Aura, who is 34 years old, married, and from this relationship has come 4 children, ages 15, 13, 11 and 4. The 2 elder children study in a secondary school and the younger children in a primary school. Aura's husband is also a merchant.

Aura, in order to earn something and be able to help with the household expenses, sells clothing of all kinds door to door. She goes out 2 or 3 days a week, walking all over the city to offer her products. Aura actually works every day because she also sells in her home where her most reliable customers come. She goes to Guayaquil each time it is necessary to purchase merchandise. She has been doing this for 5 years with good results.

This loan will be used to buy merchandise such as pants, blouses, T-shirts, and children's clothes. Aura has belonged to this communal bank through 4 loan cycles and she likes it because with these loans, her business grows each time.

Aura's dream is to have her house well furnished with all the conveniences.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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