Total loan: $475

Jahaira Janet

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Portoviejo, Manabí Province, Ecuador / Food

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A loan helped to purchase fish, plantain chips, disposable containers, cola, water, makeup, perfume, etc.

Jahaira Janet's story

Jahaira Janet is 29 years old. She is in a common-law relationship and has three children, ages three, five, and eight. Two of them go to school. Her spouse is a barber. They live in their own house, in Portoviejo, a city affected by the earthquake on April 16, 2016, and now the COVID-19 pandemic. The city is rich in the production of vegetables, legumes, and tropical fruits for domestic consumption.

In her free time, Jahaira Janet works selling products from Yanbal catalogs: beauty products, cosmetics, perfume, and ladies’ accessories. She works three days per weeks, two to three hours per day. She sells on credit and collects payments every eight days.

She also has some pool tables that she rents to players, and she takes advantage of selling beverages and ceviche. On Saturdays and Sundays, her husband helps her serve the public. However, because of the restrictions, the pool business is not open, but she still sells food through home deliveries.

Initially, the social isolation left her without work because of the fear of the contagion and several restrictions that prevented her from going out to make sales. However, she is currently serving her customers using the biosafety protocols.

This loan is for the purchase of fish, plantain chips, disposable containers, cola, water, makeup, perfume, etc. Her dreams are to be able to reopen her business so her sales increase like before and that her family is very healthy.