A loan of $1,200 helped purchase clothing for resale.

Lilia María Pastora's story

Every fifteen days, the members of the Community Bank of Pichincha meet in their home region of Pichincha. This area is well known as a vibrant place, where the majority of the people are farmers or ranchers. It's a highly vegetated area, cut by a great river that nurtures the crops.

This is where María, 50 years old, lives. She and her common-law husband have two children, who are grown up and independent. Her husband is a driver. María, desiring to earn something on her own and always with the desire to get ahead, began selling clothing and shoes of all kinds four years ago. She sells door-to-door, and she also sells out of her home, where customers come to buy her products. She works every day, but especially in the mornings. She sells to her customers on credit and bills them every fifteen days. Depending on what she needs, she goes to Guayaquil to purchase more stock every fifteen days or every month.

María will use this loan to purchase additional merchandise such as pants, blouses, shirts, and shoes. She has been a member of the community bank for two terms, and she dreams of continuing to move ahead.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Shannon Skoglund

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