A loan of $1,300 helped to buy shoes.

Lester Mirecthy Gabriela's story

The Junín Communal Bank meets every 15 days in the canton of Junín. This place is known for its friendly people. The best brandy in the province and all of Ecuador is distilled here.

Sra. Lester lives in this place. She is 56 years old, married, and has three grown children who are independent. Her husband is a farmer and rancher.

Doña Lester is a woman who likes to support herself through her own means without having to depend on anyone. She has done this for more than 16 years and used her savings to open a small boutique in her house. Over time, her business has increased and gained more inventory. There she sells clothing, shoes, trinkets, and many other items for men, women, and children. Some time ago, she purchased a copying machine as a way of earning some extra income on top of what is generated from her boutique.

This loan will be used exclusively to buy shoes. Sra. Lester has been with the Communal Bank for four loan cycles and enjoys the easy payment options. Her dream is to move forward with her business since she enjoys what she does.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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