A loan of $1,275 helped to buy crafts.

Octavio Washington's story

The “La Pila” communal bank meets every two weeks in La Pila in Montecristi canton. This place is very well-known in the province and in the country for its rich traditional culture. A vast variety of crafts manufactured by the residents using their ancestral methods can be found here.

Octavio, 61, lives here. He’s married and has four children who are all adults now but two of his children still live at home. One of them is a single mother and has a two-year-old daughter who is the home’s joy. His wife is a housewife.

Octavio is a very responsible, hardworking man who has always tried with much effort to see that his home lacks nothing. He works buying and selling decorations and ceramics. He sells from place to place since he travels to other cities taking his products which are highly valued throughout the country. He stays two or three days in these cities until he sells everything he’s carried and collected payments. He then returns home and buys from the local artisans to prepare for the next trip. He’s been in this business that allows him to get ahead more than 20 years.

This loan is to buy more crafts. He’s been in the communal bank for three years and likes it because of the help the loans provide. His dream is to continue moving forward.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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