A loan of $1,300 helped to buy clothing and shoes.

Albina Moncerrate's story

The members of La Mocora Communal Bank meet every two weeks in La Mocora, in Colón Parish in Portoviejo, a city known for its hardworking people who work in agriculture and ranching.

This is where Albina lives. She's 62 years old and married. She had eight children from this relationship but one of them died; the other seven are already adults. One daughter still lives with her. Her husband no longer works for health reasons.

Albina earns a living as a merchant to get ahead and because her husband can't work. She sells clothing and shoes via catalogue. She sells door-to-door as well as at her home. She works three days a week outside of the house and every day at home. She leaves her products with her customers on credit and collects every week. She buys her merchandise in Guayaquil whenever she needs to. She has had this job for six years and she's making progress little by little.

This loan is to buy clothing and shoes because she has several requests. She's a founding member of the communal bank, which she likes because the help she receives from the bank.

Her dream is for her husband's health to improve.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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