A loan of $550 helped to buy terrycloth, threads, sponges, stones, beads.

Maryuri Marisol's story

The Mujeres de Lucha (Women in Struggle) Communal Bank meets every 15 days in the Picoaza Parish. It takes 10 minutes to reach Picoaza from the capital city of Manabi, which is separated by a bridge spanning the Portoviejo River. Picoaza is one of the sectors experiencing greatest commercial growth, with visits by its own residents and outsiders to purchase items. Here one can buy wholesale. The area is known for its toy fair at Christmas, offering the best prices on the market.

In this lovely parish, we spoke with Maryuri, 42 years of age, who for 37 cycles now has been a part of the Women in Struggle Communal Bank. She is an outstanding professional in hand embroidery.
Three years ago she graduated in dressmaking, and she works in the craft of hand embroidery. Maryuri graduated from high school in the parish where she lives. She very much enjoys her work, and she has continued the work, sharing half of her time with household duties. She is married and has three young children.

Maryuri’s work consists of buying material such as terry cloth, threads, sponges, stones, beads, and other accessories to complete the item she is making.

With this new loan, Maryuri will buy all the material she needs, for she has several orders pending delivery, such as covers for blenders and steam tables. She must also be working on Christmas tree skirts, so as to call on her customers and keep the work from piling up on her. She likes to be reliable when it comes time to deliver her items.

Maryuri’s dream is to accumulate a good bit of capital and produce a lot of material, to show to the owners of large stores and bazaars, to sell her work wholesale. She does not rule out the possibility of having her own store to display her goods.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Jane Wilkie

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