A loan of $550 helped to buy perfume, creams, cosmetics and large jugs of water.

Angela Maura's story

The members of the “Marianita de Jesús” communal bank meet every two weeks in the beautiful city of Bahía De Caraquez noted for its beaches, its rich cuisine and the warmth of its people.

We met Ángela, 35, here. She’s a single mother of five children who are 18, 13, 11, 10 and 6 years of age. Two of her children go to high school and the two youngest are in elementary school which is quite a burden for our friend since she’s both father and mother at the same time.

She has two businesses. She sells large jugs of water and Yanbal products (beauty supplies, cosmetics, perfumes and ladies’ accessories). She works every day. She sells the water at home although she sometimes does home deliveries. The catalogue items she sells door to door selling on credit and collecting every two weeks. Her children help her with the sales, especially with the home deliveries. Her products are delivered to her at home. She’s been in business for three years and does well since she’s managed to move her children forward.

This loan will be used to buy perfume, creams, cosmetics and large jugs of water. This is the third cycle in the communal bank and she likes it because they’ve helped her a lot with the loans. Her dream is to own a car to better carry out her sales.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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