A loan of $1,225 helped to buy clothing.

Deysi Monserrate's story

The “Con Amor Y Fe Hacia el Desarrollo” group meets every two weeks in Los Bajos de Montecristi, a city known for its rich culture and for its grand art forms, such as the straw hats known within and outside the country.

Deysi lives here. She is 30 years old, married, and has three children ages 13, 9, and 3. The two older ones attend high school and elementary school. Her husband is a bus driver.

Deysi sells all types of clothing door to door so that she can help with the household expenses. She also sells out of her home and works three days a week, mainly in the mornings while her children are in school. She sells on credit and collects every two weeks. A gentleman brings her merchandise to her from Huaquillas once a month. She has been doing this for nine years and this helps her get ahead.

She will use the money from this loan to buy pants, blouses, and shirts. She has been with the group for 10 years and she likes it because she was able to start her business with her first loan. Her dreams are for her children to need for nothing.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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