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Maria Cristina
Mrs. Maria Cristina is a great person who has had to live through a lot of adversity. Now she is happy to be a part of the Umiña Community Bank in the city of Manta, and thanks to their loans she has been able to improve her life.

Maria Cristina works sewing or crocheting different crafts; she is also an expert at making deserts, and has also started selling homeopathic medicines. She is involved in everything, and she is not one to sit there with her arms crossed doing nothing. She was born in Bello Canton in the province of Calceta. One day she decided to get on the first tuna boat to Manta. She came 15 years ago and since then she considers it her second home. Five years ago Maria Cristina lost her husband at the age of 50 and she still cannot believe it. She has had to assume the role of both mother and father because her children need all of her support.

Mrs. Maria Cristina learned how to sew by necessity and this is what now helps her continue to move forward. She makes wallets, bags, hats, and shirts by hand from a material called "rat's tail" and clasps. She starts working every day in her home; her sister brings her the material from Guayaquil. She has also started selling natural medicine products. Her handmade products are renowned even in other countries! She has friends and family who live abroad and she sends them products to sell. Her business is going well, and she is happy because she never imagined that her work would be so appreciated.

With the new loan she will invest in her three businesses, she needs thread for her crafts, sugar, flour, and coloring for her deserts, and she needs to fill several orders for her medicinal products.
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La señora María Cristina es una gran persona que ha tenido que pasar por muchas adversidades en la vida, pero se siente muy bien en los actuales momentos formando parte del Banco Comunal Umiña en la ciudad de Manta gracias a los créditos recibidos a podido salir adelante.

María Cristina tiene como oficio el tejer a corchete diferentes manualidades, además de ser una experta en hacer postres, también se ha unido a la venta de productos de medicina natural, ella esta en todas no le gusta quedarse con los brazos cruzados, nacida en un bello cantón de la provincia como es Calceta decide un día radicarse en el primer atunero del País Manta hace 15 años y desde entonces lo considera su segunda tierra, nuestra socia de 50 años perdió a su esposo hace 5 años y al contarnos sus ojos se humedecieron aun no lo puede creer y le tocó asumir el rol de padre y madre a cabalidad, pues sus hijos la necesitaban mucho.

La señora María Cristina aprendió a manualidades por necesidad y eso es lo que ahora le ayuda a salir adelante, ella realiza a mano la elaboración de carteras, bolsos, gorras y blusas a base de un material llamado colita de rata y con un corchete empieza su labor todos los días en su domicilio, este material le traen desde Guayaquil ella le encarga a una hermana y se encarga de enviarle, y también a ingresado a vender productos de medicina natural, su mercadería hecha a mano han sido reconocidas hasta en otros países cuenta nuestra socia que tiene amigas y familiares que viven por allá y envía a vender le va muy bien con el negocio esta feliz porque nunca se imagino que iban a valorar mucho su trabajo.
Con el nuevo crédito que esta solicitando lo podrá invertir en sus tres negocios, como los son las manualidades que requieren de los hilos los corchetes, en los postres todo el material como azúcar, harina, colorantes entre otros, además tiene que entregar varios pedidos de los productos medicinales.


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  • $10,600
    Average annual income
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  • $24,292,300
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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $550 helped Maria Cristina purchase of thread, sugar, coloring, flour, and medicinal products.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Apr 27, 2010
Listed
May 6, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
Sep 15, 2010