A loan of $775 helped to buy natural products and inexpensive jewelry.

Magali Marlene's story

In the parish of San Pablo, of the city of Portoviejo, the capital of Manabí, known for many years as the city of the royal tamarinds, the members of the Banco Comunal Unión Y Solidaridad meet every fifteen days.

It is here that we met Magali. She is 50 years old, married, and has three children from that relationship. Two of them are grown and one is fifteen years old. All her children live at home with her. The oldest is a professional and the others study at university and high school. Her husband is a bricklayer.

She is a very good mother in that in order to help her children with the cost of their studies she is in business selling natural products from a North American brand. She also sells inexpensive jewelry and eyewear. She sells her products from her home although once in a while she does home delivery. She fulfills a lot of orders from her customers and her products are very good. She works every day, selling on credit and collecting every fifteen days. She has been doing this for three years and it's going very well.

She's going to use this loan to buy natural products and inexpensive eyewear. She's been with the Banco Comunal since the beginning, she is the president, and she likes it because of the benefits that the group receives.

Her dream is to see her children finish their studies and be good professionals.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tamara Hellgren

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