A loan of $775 helped to buy crafts, paints, brushes and lacquer.

Lidia Zoila's story

The Communal Bank for Future of the Woman meets every fifteen days in the town of La Pila in Montecristi. This place is well known in the province and in the country for its rich traditional culture, and you can find a wide variety of crafts there made by the inhabitants according to traditional customs.

Here we met Lidia. She is 47 years old, her husband passed away a long time ago, and they had no children. Now she lives with her parents, who are elderly.

To earn her daily living - and with it help out her parents - she does sales, buying and selling ornaments and ceramics. She has a space in her house where she sells all kinds of crafts and she works every day from 8am to 5pm. She buys the crafts from artisans of the area, unfinished though, since they are cheaper that way. Later she paints them and gives them the final touches to sell them to her clients at a very good price. She has been doing this work for 10 years and it has gone very well. She started the business with her deceased husband and now she works alone, with the help of her parents when they are able.

This loan is to purchase more crafts, paint, brushes and lacquer to give them the proper finish. She has been with the Communal Bank for over 10 years and she likes it because she started her business with one of the loans.

Her dreams are to move forward with her business and to be healthy.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alex Mensing

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