A loan of $725 helped purchase Yanbal cosmetics & jewelry.

Angela Maria's story

The Communal Bank “Damas Emprendedoras” (Enterprising Women) meets in the rural parish of Pachinche in Portoviejo. We talked with Ángela Maria, one of its members, and she tells us that she has been working with her Communal Bank for the past four loan cycles and is doing very well.

Ángela does embroidery by hand on fabrics made of fine thread. She also designs delicate and elegant appliqués to put on dresses. Her mother taught her this art and she has been honing her skills for 15 years. She completes 3-4 appliquéd embroideries each day and sends them to a woman who is in charge of shipping them abroad for resale. Ángela says her earnings are meager, getting the bare minimum of ten cents for each piece. Since this type of work requires a lot patience and concentration, the majority of her time is dedicated to this activity. On Saturdays, she sells Yanbal beauty products. Giver her economic situation, Ángela says there are no days for her to rest.

With this new loan, Ángela will purchase Yanbal products such as crèmes, lipsticks, compacts, perfumes, costume jewelry, and other cosmetics offered by this line. She will spend some time to take care of her health, which has been affected as of late.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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