A loan of $975 helped to buy pants, blouses, T-shirts and children's clothing.

Liliana Del Rocio's story

The "Junín" communal bank meets every two weeks in Junín canton. This place is known for its friendly and hard-working people, and because the best liquor in the province and in Ecuador is distilled there.

This is where Liliana lives. She is 44, married and they have four children. Two of them adults, and the others, 18 and 14, go to university and high school. Two of her children still live with her. Her husband is a carpenter.

With the intention of earning something on her own account, and this way being able to get ahead in life, Liliana sells all types of clothing. She sets up a small stand on weekends in the center of the city to take advantage of the market days, which is when more people come. She also sells from her home, where she has a small shop.

She works every day. She sells to her customers on credit and collects every two weeks. She goes to Guayaquil to buy her merchandise every two weeks, or monthly, according to what she needs. She has been working in this business for more than 10 years, and it is going very well.

She is going to use this loan to buy more merchandise such as: pants, blouses, shirts and children's clothing. She has been in the communal bank for 10 years, and likes it because with the first loan she started her business.

Her dream is to see her children finish their educations and become fine professionals.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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