A loan of $1,000 helped to buy perfume, creams and treatments.

Carmen Alexandra's story

Carmen is 38 years old. One year ago she separated from her husband and had to start making money so that she could support her three children aged 12, 8 and 2. She started selling Yanbal products. Yanbal is a company that offers enterprising women the opportunity to start making independent catalog sales.

Thanks to her good management of her working capital, Carmen is now known in her district of El Fortín de Guayaquil, a district which is noted for its dirt roads and mountains.

Every week Carmen takes orders and then delivers the products that her customers have requested. She sells her products at low prices. She works from 8.00am visiting her acquaintances and loyal customers so that they can buy her products.

Carmen would like to continue working, stocking her business with merchandise. She would like to use her loan to buy perfume, creams and treatments. In the future, she would like to have premises from which she could sell her products, stock her business with merchandise and sell clothes too.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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