A loan of $6,175 helped a member to buy fabric, thread, buttons, and other sewing materials.

Socias En Progreso (Portoviejo) Group's story

Every two weeks, the 11 women and one man who are members of the communal bank "Grupo De Crédito Socias En Progreso" meet in San Cristóbal, Portoviejo. They are merchants and service providers who, a while back, decided to form a group to apply for the loans offered by Fundación Espoir.

Jacqueline, 41, belongs to the group, is married, and has three children from the marriage. Her two older children are in college; her thirteen-year-old is in high school; and her husband works in an auto repair shop.

Jacqueline learned dressmaking in a local school some years ago and has a dressmaking shop in her house, where she makes all kinds of garments. She works every day from 8:00 a.m. until 9 or 10:00 p.m., depending on how much work her customers bring. She pays another woman a monthly salary, and they make local school and institutional uniforms and clothing for individuals. Jacqueline has been doing this work for more than 20 years, and she most enjoys making women's and girl's clothing.

This loan is to buy fabric, thread, buttons, and other materials to make garments. She was one of the first members of the communal bank and welcomes the funding. She dreams of giving her children the best and of having a larger workshop.

In this group: Narciza Jessenia, Jacqueline Elizabeth, Diana Elizabeth, Mercedes María, Rosa María, Divina Dolores, Ninfa Janeth, Dexida Rosalia, Eddy Paul, Flor María, Barbara Narciza*, Deisy Beatriz
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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