A loan of $1,075 helped to buy women's underwear and clothing.

Ketty Viviana's story

María Auxiliadora Communal Bank meets every two weeks in La Sequita Parish in Montecristi, a canton known as the birthplace of Eloy Alfaro [José Eloy Alfaro (1842-1912), an Ecuadorian revolutionary leader and president] and for the famous straw [or "Panama"] hats that are valued both in Ecuador and abroad.

This is where Ketty lives. She's 33 years old and married, and has two children from this relationship, ages 15 and 8, who attend school. Her husband is a merchant.

Ketty is a woman who likes to make do by herself and help her husband with the household expenses. She makes a living selling costume jewelry and a variety of clothing and women's underwear. She sells door-to-door, for which she goes out to sell her products on the weekend, because the other days she works with her husband in Manta. She buys her merchandise in the city of Guayaquil, where she travels once or twice a month according to her needs. What she sells most is women's clothing.

She's going to invest this loan in buying women's underwear and clothing, because she has some orders. She has been in the communal bank for more than three years and she likes it because of the help they get with the loans.

Her dream is to have her own house because they live in her parents' house.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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