A loan of $1,100 helped buy alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, creams, and antiseptic, etc.

Salome Monserrate's story

You will find the capital of Los Manabitas, Portoviejo, in a beautiful valley full of tamarinds. It is a lovely city, which is inhabited by unassuming and supportive people. The people are hard-working and dream builders like Salome.

She sells pharmaceutical products in the city of Portoviejo. She sells things like alcohol, belladonna cream, “Merthiolate” (an antiseptic), and other things. She works with her husband. He takes care of making the delivery to pharmacies. She has the business in her house, and she works filling orders. She has a vehicle, which is of vital importance to her when it is time to make delivery of the products.

She requests items, according to what is selling, from laboratories or commercial houses that she works with. But now her stock is depleted.

With the new loan she will be able to invest in stocking her business again. It has been ten years now. She tells us that it is going very well for her, and she has not thought of changing it.

She is married, and her husband is a sales agent. He also works for a laboratory. She goes to the pharmacies every 15 or 30 days. She gives them credit even though she has to buy all of the products she needs for cash.

She dreams of fixing up her house. It is her own, and she wants to make improvements so that nothing bad happens. She would also like to travel to other countries to know other lands and cultures.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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