A loan of $750 helped buy pants, blouses, and children's clothing for resale.

Elba Alicia's story

Every fifteen days, the Tosagua Loan Team meets in the city of Tosagua. It's a dynamic city where most of its residents are in agriculture or raising animals, as it's an area with a lot of vegetation.
This is where Elba, age 78, lives. Her husband died several years ago, but the two of them had 11 children, all grown and independent. One 11-year-old granddaughter lives with her. She goes to school and keeps Elba company.

To get ahead by herself, Elba sells clothing of all sorts. She started in this line of work with her husband, but later found herself needing to continue alone so that she could support her children. She opened a small stand in the middle of town where a lot of vendors sells their goods, although most of her sales come from either door-to-door sales or by direct order from customers. She has over 28 years of experience at this job now, and has been able to support her children, and now herself and her granddaughter.

Elba will use this loan to buy more merchandise, including pants, blouses, shirts, and children's clothing. She's been on the loan team since the beginning, and she likes it because the loans are fast and secure. She dreams of having a big store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Shannon Skoglund

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