A loan of $975 helped to buy pants, blouses, shirts, and children's clothing.

Edith Marlene's story

The Guillermo Balda communal bank meets every two weeks in the Montecristi canton, known for its rich pre-colonial culture and for its artisanal crafts nationally and internationally. It is the home of the famous paja toquilla hats.

This is where Edith lives. She is 56 years old, married and the mother of six grown children. One of them still lives with her. Her husband is ill and doesn't work.

Edith, in addition to being a great mother and wife is also a merchant. She sells all types of clothing door to door. She also sells from her house where she has display cases. She works filling orders and that is why most of the clothes she brings from her trips is to deliver to customers. She works three days a week and every weekend, selling on credit and collecting every two weeks. She has been doing this activity for 5 years, since her husband became ill, nd that is how, with her earnings, they can get ahead.

She is going to use the loan to buy more merchandise such as pants, blouses, shirts and children's clothing. She has been in the communal bank since the beginning and she likes it because of the help the loans always give her.

Her dreams are to get ahead and for her husband to get better.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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