A loan of $1,100 helped to buy clothes, Avon products, and a machine for burning CDs.

Narcisa De Jesús's story

In the outskirts of Portoviejo, on the way to the city of Manta, is located the Metropolitana citadel, and this is where the members of the Banco Comunal Metropolitana meet every two weeks.
Here we met Narcisa, who is 53 years old, married, and has 10 children from this marriage, 9 of whom are grown-up, and one girl of 17 who is at high school and is the only one who still lives at home. Her husband doesn't work due to an illness.
She is a house wife who, in order to earn her own living, sells clothes of all types and goods from Avon (beauty products, cosmetics, perfume, and women's accessories). She works three days a week and she sells her goods door to door, giving her customers credit and collecting from them every week. Some of her goods are delivered to her home, but she goes to Guayaquil every time she needs to buy clothes to sell. She tells us that one of her sons sells CDs in the city center and she will use this loan to buy a machine for burning CDs so that he can make more profit. She will also buy clothes and Avon products. She tells us that she has been a merchant for 3 years and it suits her well.
This is the her third loan cycle with the community bank, and she likes it because the repayments are easy for her to make.
Her dream is to have a large store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alison Hynd

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