A loan of $1,100 helped to buy artisanal crafts such as ornaments, ceramics, etc.

Ana Alexandra's story

In La Pila of the Montecristi canton, the Para el Futuro De la Mujer [For the Future of Woman] community bank meets every two weeks. This place is very well known in the province and in the country for its rich cultural tradition, where you can find a large variety of artisanal crafts made by the residents, who follow traditional customs.

Here we meet Ana. She is 40 years old, married, and the mother of three children. On of them is grown and the others are 16 and 10, in high school and elementary school. Her husband is an artisan.

Besides taking care of the children, she is a merchant who buys and sells ornaments and ceramics. She has a locale in her house where she sells all types of artisanal crafts. She works every day from 8:00 a.m. until 5 p.m. She tells us that sometimes she buys the artisanal crafts unpainted and she gives them the final touch to later sell them to customers. She has been doing this activity for 8 years and it has gone very well for her. She buys her products from area artisans.

This loan is to buy more artisanal crafts of every type and design to supply her business. She has been in the community bank for five years and she likes it because the loans are a great help and come when she needs them the most. .

Her dream is to have a bigger and better business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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