A loan of $1,100 helped to buy clothes, shoes, lotions, perfumes and ladies' accessories.

Angelica Liliana's story

The 24 de Mayo district of the province of Manabí is known for its beautiful landscape, forests, wildlife and also for its hardworking people employed in agriculture and animal rearing. This is where the Madres Para Un Futuro Mejor (Mothers for a Better Future) Communal Bank meets every fortnight.

Angélica has been a member of the Communal Bank for two years and says she feels very happy there because of the help she receives from the foundation, as well as from her fellow group members. She is 37 years old, divorced and has two children aged 15 and 10 from her former marriage. The eldest child is in secondary school and the other attends primary school.

She makes her living from selling Avon and Yanbal products (beauty products, cosmetics, perfumes and ladies' accessories). She also sells clothes and shoes from a catalogue, selling door to door and also in her own home, where she has a small shop where most of her customers visit her to make their orders and purchases. She works every day from 8.30am til 4.30pm, she offers credit, though most of her sales are paid in cash. Her clothes and shoes items are sent from Guayaquil.

This loan is to buy: clothes, shoes, lotions, perfumes and ladies' accessories. Her dream is to have a bigger shop and be able to extend her small house.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kate Stansfield

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