A loan of $775 helped to buy pants, blouses, t-shirts and children's clothes.

Helen Valeria's story

The “Jesús de Nazaret” (Jesus of Nazareth) communal bank meets every fifteen days in the city of Portoviejo, capital of Manabí, known for many years as the City of the Royal Tamarinds because of the great amount of this fruit that existed back then.

Helen, 20, lives here. She’s in a common law relationship and has no children yet. Her husband works in commerce.

Helen is a very hardworking young woman who has always liked to get ahead by means of her own efforts. She works in a very popular cafeteria and pastry shop in the city but in partnership with her mother she also has a stand in the city center where they sell all types of clothes. Many merchants gather in this place to sell their products and she and her mother have been in business more than 7 years. When she can she’s in her stand and when she must work at her job her mother takes care of the selling. This is a bit tiring for her but she does it for her and her family’s well-being.

She will use this loan to buy more merchandise like pants, blouses, t-shirts and children’s clothes. She’s been in the communal bank for three cycles and likes it because the loans help her finance her business. Her dream is to have a locale and a cafeteria of her own.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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