A loan of $650 helped to buy supplies.

Holalla Dominga's story

The members of the José Cesario Reyes communal bank meet every two weeks in the Montecristi settlement, an area nationally and internationally known for its rich culture, and the place of the famous straw hats.

Holanlla lives here. She is 58 years old, in a common law marriage, and has three adult children who live on their own. Her husband works for the local sports league

Holalla is a great housewife who decided to sell arts and crafts in order to obtain her own income. She makes cloth flowers and different colored and designs of dresses for dolls. She takes her products to the city of Guayaquil once a week to sell at the various bazaars and places where people buy merchandise. She works from 8:00 am to nightfall, whenever she has requests to deliver. She’s been doing this for more than 20 years and thanks to this she has been able to help her children get ahead.

She will use the money from this loan to buy baskets, paints, fabrics, thread, etc., for all the items she makes. She has been part of the communal bank from the beginning and likes it because the loans have been of great help in continuing her business. Her dream is to be in good health in order to get ahead.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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