A loan of $1,100 helped to buy clothes, shoes, purses, and various other products.


Virginia Del Pilar's story

The members of the ‘Nueva Esperanza’ [New Hope] communal bank meet every 15 days in the city of Santa Ana. The city is known for its lovely scenery and its beautiful freshwater swimming areas, which are visited by a lot of tourists.

Virginia, age 60, lives in this place. She is married, and they have four adult children. The youngest still lives with them. Her husband is a doctor. Virginia is a housewife.

In order to get her own resources and to feel useful and independent, she sells clothes by catalog, shoes, and purses, among other things. She sells door to door by going around the area with her products. She also sells at her house. The merchandise is sent from the United States. She sells her products on credit, and she collects every eight days. She has been engaged in this business activity for over six years, and it is going very well for her.

This loan is to buy clothes, shoes, purses, and various other products. She has been in her communal bank since it started. She likes it because the payments are easy to make. Her dream is to have a boutique.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish


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