A loan of $1,075 helped to buy pants, shirts, t-shirts and children's clothing.

Ángela Del Rosario's story

The Jardín De La Artesanía Village Bank meets every fifteen days in Montecristi County. It is known for its rich pre-colonial culture and for its crafts, which are recognized at national and international levels. It is a place of the famous straw Panama Hats.

Ángela lives here, she is 39 and has a common-law marriage with which she has four children: 22, 18, 13, and the youngest just 3 months old. The three youngest live with her and two of them study in school. The husband is a driver.

Ángela makes her living as a saleswoman with the intention of earning a livelihood and so that her children never go without. She sells clothing of all kinds; her way of selling is door to door. She roams the area offering her products, which she leaves on credit and then collects payments every eight days. She has two years' experience in this business, which is very helpful.

She is going to utilize this loan to buy more merchandise like, pants, shirts, t-shirts and children's clothing. She has been part of the village bank since its inception and she likes it because of the benefits she's had in all of this time. Her dream is to grow her business more.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alex Martin

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