A loan of $800 helped mastic, equipment.


Derma De Lourdes's story

Derma is 56 years old and she makes decorations and keepsakes made from mastic for gatherings and parties. She lives in El Guasmo, a sector of Guayaquil characterized by the fact that the majority of its inhabitants are merchants.


When she became a widow with her three children, she decided to make her own money by making mastic-based figured for parties and decorations. She started to make a name for herself among many people and began to make money by making all types of decorations. She works from home making the decorations by request. Her daughter helps her at times when she has too much work.


With the loan, she wants to buy mastic and equipment for making more decorations. In the future, she wants to continue working in this business and wants her business to be well-known to secure her retirement.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kathleen O'Connell



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