Total loan: $900

María Eufemia

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Montecristi, Manabí Province, Ecuador / Arts

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María Eufemia's story

The “La Pila” meets every two weeks in the town of Montecristi. This area is very well known in the province and in the country for its rich traditional culture and a great variety of art, made in the traditional way, can be found here. María lives here. She is 49 years old, married, and has two adult children who are on their own. Her husband is a merchant. She and her husband are merchants who buy and sell decorations and ceramics. They buy all types of ceramics twice a week and then travel to various cities in the mountains, places where they sell their products. They stay in these areas for a week, making deliveries and collecting. Then they return home for a week and travel once more. They’ve been doing this for 22 years and things have gone well for them. They buy from artists in the zone because they’re the best. She will use the money from this loan to buy artifacts of all types and styles so they can fill customer orders. She has been with the communal bank for four years and she likes it because the loans have been a great help and she gets them when she needs them the most. She dreams of having a shop so that she can sell without traveling, and a car so that they no longer need to travel by public transportation.