A loan of $1,300 helped with a down payment on a sewing machine and to purchase sewing materials.

Esther Yolanda's story

Mrs. Esther is part of a communal bank called Los Talvos, and has been, for the past 8 years. During this time, the credits she has received have helped her to improve and grow her small business. She lives in the area around the parish of Cuenca Valley. This area enjoys a cool climate and is surrounded by mountains as well as beautiful landscapes; the people here are friendly, gentle and hard working. They work in agriculture, raising animals and commercial activities.

Mrs. Esther is 27 years old, married and has one child from this union who is 5 years old who is studying in the small school in his neighborhood. Her husband works as a bricklayer, they don't have their own home, and so, they live in their parents' home with whom they share the household costs.

Mrs. Esther spend the majority of her time in home doing domestic chores, but in order to help her husband with household costs, she also works in the fields, raising and selling pigs and chickens. She also works in agriculture and what she grows is for her family's personal consumption. She is also a professional seamstress and also works in this area.

This new credit will in invested in a down payment on a sewing machine and to purchase sewing material so she can take the first steps to starting her own small workshop in her home.

Her goal is to have her own workshop and operations in her house.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kristin Connor

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