A loan of $1,100 helped to buy trousers, blouses, T-shirts, and children’s clothes.


Josefa Elizabeth's story

The city of Santa Ana is known for its gorgeous landscapes and the beautiful freshwater spas that are frequented by many tourists. It is here that the members of the Communal Bank “Nueva Esperanza” (New Hope) meet every 15 days.

Sra. Josefa lives in this place. She is 30 years old, married, and has two children (ages 8 and 7) who are in school. Her husband is a merchant. Doña Josefa and her husband sell clothing of all types. They manage a small vending post in the central part of the city where many merchants offer their products. Josefa works every day from 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. The weekends are the days when she has the most sales because the local fairs are held at that time. Many people from the countryside are out buying provisions, but they will also stop to buy merchandise. Josefa has been in business for six years and it has allowed her to move forward.

This loan will be used to buy more merchandise such as trousers, blouses, T-shirts, and children’s clothes. Josefa has been with the Communal Bank for more than 15 years and enjoys the assistance that she has received this entire time. Her dream is to have an established shop of her own.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica


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