A loan of $1,300 helped to buy sheets, clothing, and towels.

Merida Isabel's story

In the Las Orquideas neighborhood, in the city of Portoviejo, the "Mujeres del Futuro" credit group meets every two weeks. This is an area on the outskirts of the city where people work at a variety of activities. Merida lives here. She is 34 years old and married, and has two children from this marriage who are 12 and 10 and are in school. Her husband is a driver. Merida is a stay-at-home parent who works selling all kinds of clothing, sheets, duvets and towels, among other things, in order to help her husband to provide for their household. She sells door-to-door, and works two or three hours a day at times that are not fixed. She provides her products on credit, and collects payments for them every week. She began this business 6 years ago, and it is going very well for her. She makes her sales very quickly and has good customers. This loan is to buy sheets, clothing and towels. This is her fifth loan cycle with the credit group, and she likes it because the payments are easy to make. Her dream is to have a boutique.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lorna Gladman

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