Total loan: $1,100

María Auxiliadora

Portoviejo, Manabí Province, Ecuador / Retail

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A loan helped to buy gas cylinders.

María Auxiliadora's story

In the beautiful city of Bahía De Caraquez, known for its beaches, its rich cuisine and the warmth of its people, the members of the “Los Laureles” (The Laurels) communal bank meet every two weeks. We met María, 65, here. She’s in a relationship and has had four children all of whom are now adults. The youngest of them is in first year of university. Her husband is a taxi driver. Several years ago she studied fashion design and dressmaking at an academy in the city of Bahía. She is a tenacious woman who seeks ways of earning her own income to help her husband and children. She has a small dressmaking workshop at home where she does various jobs for individuals making clothes for them. In addition, she also sells Yanbal brand products (beauty supplies, cosmetics, perfumes and women’s accessories). She also sells large bottles of water. In addition, she’s recently gone into the sale of gas cylinders for domestic use. She tells us that she’s doing very well because there is no other place to buy this product. She works every day at her various activities from 8am until 7pm. This loan is to buy gas tanks to increase her business. She is a founding member of the communal bank and she likes it because of the benefits the institution provides her. Her dream is to continue growing in business.