A loan of $1,075 helped to buy pants, blouses, shirts and other garments to sell.

Linda Dalila's story

The "Liberación Femenina" ["Women's Liberation"] communal bank meets every fifteen days in Puerto López, a place surrounded by beautiful beaches and many tourist attractions. Each year, humpback whales arrive to breed here, an event which attracts many tourists at that time of year.

In this place lives Linda, who is 29 years old. She is married, and from this relationship she has three children, aged 13, 9 and 2. The two older children are in primary and secondary school. Her husband is a merchant.

With the aim of earning something on her own account and helping her family get ahead, Linda works selling "American clothing" [used clothing]. She sells from her home, where she has a small shop for her customers to visit. She buys this merchandise in bundles, which she receives each time she needs them, or when orders are placed. This type of merchandise sells very quickly, since it is of good quality and the price is affordable. She has dedicated herself to this activity for three years, and it is going very well for her.

She will use this loan to buy more merchandise, such as pants, blouses, shirts and other garments. She has been in her communal bank for three years, and she likes it because she started her business with the first loan, allowing her to earn something for her family's well-being.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman

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