A loan of $925 helped to buy pants, blouses and t-shirts.

Andrea Gissella's story

The "Union of Women" Community Bank meets every two weeks in the beautiful city of Calceta, a city known by the name "Calceta, without compare" because of the beauty of its women and because for its inhabitants, there isn't a more beautiful city in the world.

Here lives Andrea. She is 28 years old and has a common-law marriage, through which she has two children, ages 5 years and 2 years. The older one goes to school. Her husband is a businessman.

Andrea, to earn something on her own and to help with household expenses, makes her living selling all types of clothing. She sells door-to-door and also from her house, where her most familiar customers come. She works everyday from 8:00 until 11:00, making the most of this time that her son is at school and she only has to take along the younger one. She sells to her customers on credit and collects once a week.

She goes to Guayaquil to buy her merchandise whenever she needs to. She has had this business for more than 5 years, and it gives her a good income.

She is going to use this loan to buy more merchandise, like: pants, blouses and t-shirts. She is going to take advantage of the fact that it is the city festival, and she sells a lot of her merchandise there.

She has taken four loans with the Community Bank, and she likes it for the support they have given her. Her dream is that her children not want for anything.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Deepa Ramesh

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