A loan of $1,175 helped to buy clothing.

Belgica Mirella's story

The members of the Merorando El Futuro communal bank meet every two weeks in the area known as Tierras Amarillas of the Rocafuerte settlement. This area is known for its agriculture because a large number of its residents raise short cycle crops.

Bélgica lives here. She is 32 years old, in a common law marriage, and has three children, ages 12, 11, and 9. The two oldest attend high school and the youngest is in elementary school. Her husband works at an auto mechanic shop.

Bélgica, in order to be able to earn her own money, help her husband with the household expenses and get ahead, sells all types clothing door to door. Most of her sales are from customer orders and she travels to Guayaquil at least once a month to buy them. She also picks up more merchandise there. She sells on credit at collects every two weeks. She’s been doing this for two years and she uses her earnings to pay for her children’s education.

She will use the money from this loan to buy merchandise such as pants, blouses, shirts, and children’s clothing. She’s been with the communal bank for six years and she enjoys it because she was able to start her business with a loan.

Her dream is for her children to compete their schooling and achieve professional careers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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