A loan of $925 helped to buy pants, shirts, and children's clothing to sell.

Cristhian José's story

The loan group Mujeres Virtuosas (Virtuous Women) meets every two weeks in the Cuba neighborhood of the city of Manta, a city known for its beautiful beaches, which are much visited by national and international tourists in every season of the year, and for being one of the most important ports of the country and of America, situated on the shores of the Pacific.

Don Christhian, who is 34 years old, lives in this place. He is divorced, and from this relationship he has four children, ages 11, 9, 6, and 5, who are in school and who live with him.

Don Christhian is a taxi driver. He works in a taxi that he rents every day, but he also obtains more earnings: he sells clothing of all types. His form of sales is door to door in his free time. He leaves items with his customers on credit, and he collects every week. He has had this business for more than two years, and with it he earns something extra, which helps him to raise his children.

He is going to use this loan to buy pants, shirts, and children's clothing, which is what sells the most. He has been in the loan group for three loan cycles, and he likes it because of the help that the loans give him to advance. His dream is to give the best to his children.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry

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