A loan of $1,175 helped to buy shoes, jewelry, and phone recharge cards.

Alexandra Isabel's story

The Siempre Unidas communal bank meets every fifteen days in the Jipijapa Canton, known by the name of the sultana of coffee because of its large coffee crops. The taste is incomparable and the area is known for its food and the quality of its people.

Alexandra, 42, lives here. She is married with two children ages 23 and 17. They both live with her and the younger one is in school. Her husband is a vendor.

Alexandra makes a living selling shoes, jewelry, and other products so she can earn her own income. She has a small stand at the city's land terminal, where she works every day from 8am until 8pm. She also sells phone recharge cards, which helps her earn extra money to help her son with school. She has been at this location for over three years but before, she sold clothing door to door until she decided to start this business here. The loans she received from the bank helped her.

She will use this loan to buy shoes, jewelry, and phone recharge cards. She has been part of the communal bank for 11 years and she likes the loans because they are a big help to her business.

Her dream is to see her son finish school and become a professional.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Polenske

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