A loan of $625 helped to buy crafts, paint, lacquer and other supplies.

Nancy Olinda's story

In La Pila in Montecristi the “Para el Futuro de la Mujer” (For the Future of Women) communal bank meets every two weeks. This place is very well known in the province and in the country because of its rich traditional culture. In this place one can find a great variety of crafts that are made by its inhabitants following traditional customs.

We met Nancy, 31, here. She’s married and has three children who are 10, 6 and 4 years old. The two oldest attend school and her husband’s a laborer.

Besides being a great mother and housewife she’s also a merchant. She sells decorations and ceramics. She has a stand at home where she sells all types of crafts that she buys unfinished and she adds pretty finishing touches to them. She works every day from 8am until 5pm. She buys the crafts from local craftsmen because according to her they are the best quality. She’s been in this line of work for 3 years and has done very well.

This loan is to buy more crafts, paint, lacquer and other supplies to give them the correct finishing. She’s been in the communal bank for five years and likes it because interest rates are very low. Her dream is to stay in business and to grow more in it each day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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