A loan of $1,375 helped to buy trousers, blouses, shirts and children's' clothing.

Virginia Elizabeth's story

The Mujeres De Lucha Community Bank meets every fifteen days in the parish of Picoaza of the city of Portoviejo. It is known for being a very commercial area, for its traditional San Pedro and San Pablo festivals, and for how happy its residents are.

Señora Virginia lives here. She is 26, married, and has two children aged eight and six, who study at school. Her husband is a trader. With her husband, Virginia makes a living selling different kinds of clothing from door to door. While she goes around the city, her husband travels to other cities to sell their merchandize. They let their customers pay on credit, and they collect the money every eight to fifteen days. They go and buy their goods in Guayaquil every fifteen days, sometimes even once a week when they have a lot of sales. They have been in this business for over ten years, and it's going well.This is the way they can earn an honest living.

She will use this loan to buy more merchandize, such as trousers, blouses, shirts and children's' clothing. She has been a member of the Community Bank for over six years, and she likes it because of the support she gets from the loans. Her dream is to have a small grocery store in the city centre.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Chloe Pilpel

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