A loan of $1,000 helped to purchase perfumes, shirts, blouses, lipsticks and lotions.

Cinthya Johanna's story

Cinthia is 30 years old and lives in a subdivision named Playas which is one of Ecuador's tourist sites with a diverse selection of seafood. Her husband works as an inter-subdivision bus driver. She is a cosmetics consultant and also sells costume jewelry.

She used to work with her mother selling cosmetics and costume jewelry. When she married she decided to open her own business and with a loan she bought clothing to increase her profits and compliment her business. Currently, she is a cosmetics consultant and she sells clothing for all occasions. She sells her products such as lotions and creams for 25 per unit, lipsticks and lotions for 12 per unit and clothing for women at 16 per piece. With the help from this loan she wants to buy more products such as perfumes, women's blouses, lipsticks and different merchandise to increase her income. Cinthia and her husband's goals are to have a store to sell costume jewelry and a small grocery and stationary store so that they can have income to finish building their home and to pay for their daughter's tuition.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Cindy Manzo

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