A loan of $1,600 helped to buy pants, blouses, T-shirts and children's clothing.

Maricela Elizabeth's story

The "Para el Futuro De la Mujer" communal bank meets in La Pila in Montecristi Canton every fortnight. This town is well-known in the province and the country for it's rich traditional culture. You can encounter a great variety of handicrafts here that are made by the local inhabitants, true to their traditional customs.

Maricela lives in this town. She is 27 years old, married and has two children from this relationship, aged 3 and 4. Her husband is an economist who works in a company. Maricela sells clothing of all kinds. She sells door to door but also sells from her home to her closest clients. She also fulfills customers requests. She goes out selling in the evenings when her husband is at home and can take care of the young children. She leaves her products on credit and collects every fortnight. Maricela goes to Guayaquil to buy the clothes when she needs to. She has done this business for 4 years and it is going well for her.

Maricela will use this loan to buy more merchandise like pants, blouses, T-shirts and children's clothing. She has been a member of the communal bank for 4 years. She likes it, thanks to her first loan she could start her business. Her dream is to have a place to sell her clothing.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer leonardo

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