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Total loan: $450

Lady Elizabeth

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Montecristi, Manabí Province, Ecuador / Clothing

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A loan helped to buy clothes, milk, 'morocho' [a type of dried cracked hominy corn; a beverage or dessert made with this type of corn], perfume, creams, and make-up, etc.


Lady Elizabeth's story

Lady Elizabeth and her family live in Los Bajos de Montecristi. It stands out for its handicrafts made from toquilla straw, wicker, 'piquigua' [a tropical rainforest plant and its fiber, used for weaving], and wood. It also stands out for it fine hats made from toquilla straw, which are well-known in the world as Panama Hats. They are recognized throughout the country and outside of the country.

Lady Elizabeth devotes herself to selling varied clothes for women, men, and children. She also sells Avon, Yanbal, and Belcorp (Ibel, Cyzone, Esika) products by catalogs. These are beauty products, cosmetics, perfumes, and women's accessories. Before the pandemic she sold door to door. She now sells by orders and delivers to homes. She sells to her customers on credit, and she collects weekly.

She also makes and sells 'Morocho' (a thick drink that is made with cracked hominy corn, milk, cinnamon, sugar or 'panela' [unrefined whole cane sugar], and raisins). She does this in the afternoons, mostly on the weekends.

At first the social isolation left her without work for fear of contagion and because of the various restrictions that impeded her going out to sell. However, she is now following the protocols for biosecurity.

This loan is to buy clothes, milk, 'morocho' [a type of dried cracked hominy corn; a beverage or dessert made with this type of corn], perfume, creams, and make-up, etc. Her dream is to have her own place and for her family to be in good health.