A loan of $1,000 helped to buy pearls, beads, chains, broaches, craft foam, silicon, etc.

Dolores Carlina's story

In the residential area La California in Portoviejo, capital of Manabí which has been known for many years as the city of the Royal Tamarind Trees, the members of the communal bank Las Divinas meet every fifteen days.

Here we meet Dolores. She is 42 years old and married, and she and her husband have 3 children aged 16, 14, and 11 years old. The two oldest study in high school, and the youngest in a school especially for children. Her husband is a chauffeur for a businessman in the city of Manta.

In order to earn something of her own and to help her children and her spouse, she works decorating jewelry and ornaments with craft foam for parties. She learned this craft many years ago, and now she makes those products and sends them to the United States where she has family members who sell them. She’s been doing this work for over 20 years, and it’s going very well.

This loan is to buy materials used to make her crafts like pearls, beads, chains, broaches, craft foam, silicon, etc. She’s been with the communal bank for 5 years, and she like the help they’ve given her during this time.

Her dreams are to keep advancing her business and that her children don’t lack anything.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jodi Nelan

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