A loan of $675 helped to buy fabric, thread, quilts, etc.

Marlene Margarita's story

Every fifteen days, the Esperanza Para Esperar [Hope to Overcome Communal Bank] meets in the beautiful San Jacinto coastal resort town, surrounded by a beautiful beach. At this place the Portoviejo River meets the sea. Many tourists, both national and foreign, visit this place.

In this beautiful place we find Marlene. She is 39 years old, married, and has 3 children aged 19, 17, and 9. One is studying in university, anoother in high school, and the youngest in primary school. Her husband sells shellfish. She is an artisan of cloths and makes countless designs and woven items.

She crochets designs of honeybee nests into pillows and quilts, which are highly valued by tourists who arrive there. They pay her very well, as they are pretty things to take home as souvenirs. She also makes goods of lesser demand, which she sells to vendors who take the goods to other places. She works Monday through Friday from 8:30am until 4:00pm, and sometimes later on days when there is high demand.

This loan is to buy materials for the creation of her products. She has had 4 loan cycles in the Communal Bank and is very happy for the ease with which she has paid them back.

Her dream is to have a big workshop to make a greater quantity of products and to be able to show her art in other countries.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kimberly Friedland

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