A loan of $1,175 helped to buy trousers, blouses, t-shirts and children's clothing.

Everilda Asuncion's story

The Mujeres De Lucha communal bank meets once a fortnight in the Picoaza parish of the city of Portoviejo. This place is known for being a busy business centre as well as for its traditional festivals of St. Peter and St. Paul and for the happy nature of its people. Everilda lives here. She is 28 years old and is a single mother with 2 children aged 9 and 6 who are both at school. She lives with her parents.

In order to earn her own money so she can give her children what they need, Everilda earns a living selling all types of clothing and at times when she is not busy she also looks after a nephew who was born recently. She sells door-to-door and also from her home where she has a small shop. She works 3 or 4 days a week, giving her customers credit and collecting the money every fortnight. She goes to Guayaquil to buy merchandise whenever she needs to. She has been doing this work for 8 years so she can bring up her little ones.

The loan is to buy more clothing such as trousers, blouses, t-shirts and children's clothing. She has been in the communal bank for 2 years and she likes it because of the help they give them with the loans. Her dream is to give her children the best.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Judith McInally

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