A loan of $1,475 helped to buy trousers, blouses, t-shirts and children's clothing.

María Hiralda'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. María lives here. She is 42 years old and is separated. She has 3 adult children who still live with her.

In order to earn her own money so she can get on in life on her own, she has earned a living for the last 14 years selling all types of clothing. She sells door-to-door and also from her home where she has some display cabinets to show off her merchandise. 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 once a fortnight or once a month depending on what she needs.

María will use this loan to buy more clothing such as trousers, blouses, t-shirts and children's clothing. She has been in the communal bank for 4 years and she likes it because of the help they give her with the loans. Her dream is to continue selling her clothing to make progress in life.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Judith McInally

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