A loan of $900 helped to buy crafts, paint, brushes and varnish.

Marjorie Maricela's story

Every two weeks the communal bank "Para el Futuro de la Mujer" meets in the Montecristi Canton. This place is known in the province and country for its rich traditional culture. One can find here a wide variety of handicrafts that are made by the local people following traditional customs.

Here we meet Mrs. Marjorie, 23, who is married and has three children, ages 7, 5 and 3. The oldest two are in school. Her husband is a merchant.

Apart from caring for her young children and her home, she also is involved in sales. She has a small shop on the main street where she sells all types of ceramics and ornaments. She works from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. She buys unfinished crafts from local people since it is cheaper this way, and she then finishes the crafts and sells them to her customers at a good price. She has been in business for four years and it has gone very well.

The loan will be used to buy crafts, paints, brushes and varnish for her to give the proper finish to the crafts. She has been involved in the communal bank for two years and the loans she has received have helped her get through difficult moments.

Her dream is to get ahead in the business and in the communal bank.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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