A loan of $875 helped to purchase fabric, thread, buttons, and other materials for sewing.

Lilia Maclovia's story

Every fifteen days, the members of the “San Eduardo” Communal Bank meet in Portoviejo, “Ciudad de Los Reales Tamarindos” [the City of the Royal Tamarinds] on San Eduardo Street. Near this area, there is a beautiful park that is very popular because there are areas to play sports and people can enjoy nature.

Lilia lives in this city. She is married and has three children, two are adults and the youngest is a student. Two of her children still live with her. She has been a dressmaker since she was very young, and studied the craft at an academy in this city.

Lilia is a very feisty woman and believes in standing on her own two feet to get ahead and be able to help her children with their education. She has a workshop in her home, where she makes all types of clothing. She enjoys making women’s clothing and men’s shirts the most. She works every day and almost all day when there is enough work. She has two employees that work with her and she pays them a weekly salary for their work. She has had her workshop, which allows her to get ahead, for more than fifteen years.

She will use this loan to purchase fabric, thread, buttons, and other materials that she needs for sewing. Lilia is the founder of the communal bank and she likes it because the loans provided help her to get ahead. Her dreams are that she never lacks work and enjoys good health.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eleanor Francoletti-Putz

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