A loan of $1,100 helped to buy perfume, creams, costume jewelry, fabric, and thread.

Angela María's story

The members of the Damas Emprendedoras de Pachinche Communal Bank meet every fifteen days in the town of Pachinche in the parish of Colon, city of Portoviejo. The town is known for its hard-working people who are dedicated to agriculture and livestock farming.

In this town, we meet Angela. She is 32 years old. She is married and has 3 children, ages 15, 14 and 8. The two oldest are high school students and the youngest is in elementary school. Her husband is a winemaker in a company in the city of Manta.

She is a housewife and, in order to earn her own income, she sells Yanbal and Esika (beauty products, cosmetics, perfume, and ladies’ accessories). In addition, she does embroidery. She tells us that she does these jobs on order as a woman from the city of Chone comes to her house every fifteen days to buy what she has made to date. She leaves her more models and orders for the next fifteen days. She has been involved in this activity for 3 years and it is going very well as she can do this work during her free time. She sells her Yanbal and Esika products door to door two days a week.

She will use this loan to buy perfume, creams, costume jewelry, and raw materials for the embroidery such as fabric and thread. She has been a member of this bank since the start and she is the president. Her dream is to have a micro-business selling fabric.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eleanor Francoletti-Putz

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