A loan of $4,350 helped a member to buy beauty products, bed sheets and women's clothing.

Los Claveles (Portoviejo) Group's story

In the residential area called El Progreso, located in the city of Portoviejo, the communal bank Los Claveles meets every 15 days. This is a very densely populated, marginal area of the city known as the prison sector, since the Portoviejo women's prison is located here. The group is comprised of 12 women and one man who know each other very well as this is their fifth year together. They are involved in different activities such as trade, sales, production and services.

Mrs. Mariela has been active in this Bank for three years and is very happy to have gotten involved because of all the help she has received from the Espoir Foundation and the communal bank. She acts as payment inspector and enjoys her work. She is 25 years old, lives in a common law marriage and has three children from this union, ages 11, 10 and 4. The older children go to school and her husband is a driver. In addition to being a homemaker, she also sells Avon products (beauty products, cosmetics, perfume and women's accesories). And she sells bed linens and clothing in general. Her activity involves door-to-door sales or processing orders and she works four mornings a week. The products are purchased in Guayaquil. She plans to use this loan to acquire more merchandise, mainly women's clothing which is what she sells mainly. She dreams of having her own house one day since her family currently lives in a rental property.

In this group: Mercedes Lourdes, Rosa Gissela*, Rosa Amelia, Mariela Monserrate, Yessica Cecibel, Maritza Atenaida, Rosa Dolores, Agustina Monserrate, Zunilda De Los Angeles*, Albita Marilu, Rosa Isabel, Liliana Maribel, Wagner Aurelio

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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