A loan of $6,150 helped a member to buy clothing to sell and groceries to prepare food to sell.

Su Bankito (Portoviejo) Group's story

In the citadel of La California of the city of Portovieho, the members of the loan group "Su Bankito" meet every two weeks. These same people work in various businesses such as commerce in general and supplying services, among other things. Some time ago they decided to unite and form this loan group, which has helped them a lot in their businesses and in their family lives.

One of the members of this group is Señora Monserrate. She is 53 years old. She is divorced, and from her marriage she has three children, ages 31, 18, and 14. The youngest study at the university and in secondary school. All her children still live in her house.

Doña Monserrate is a housewife who sells clothing in order to obtain her own resources and with them to confront the household expenses and the school expenses of her children. She also prepares food tor delivery. There are many people who order it, and with great pleasure she prepares the dishes that they want. Once they are prepared, she sends them to their homes or workplaces. With regard to the clothing sales, her form of sales is door to door. Her merchandise sells very quickly, since they send it to her from the United States. For this reason, her customers visit her when new merchandise arrives. She has been in this business for 10 years, and with it she is raising her children.

This loan is to buy clothing and groceries to prepare her dishes. She has been in the loan group almost from its beginning, and she likes it because of the help that the loans give her. Her dreams are to give the best to her children.

The small photo is of a member who was not able to be present when the group photo was taken.

In this group: Dolores Rossana*, Karina Alexandra, Jenny Lorena, Gisella Stefany, María Alexandra, Monserrate Violeta, María Susety*, Lucia Fernanda, Juan Gabriel, Marly Ruth Elizabeth, Barbara Mercedes, Rene Antonio
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry

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