A loan of $775 helped to buy perfume, creams, cosmetics, and costume jewelry.

Andrea Alexandra's story

Virgen de Guadalupe Communal Bank meets every two weeks in the parish of Carapoto in the canton of Sucre in the province of Manabí. This area is known for its traditional culture as well as for being a few minutes from two of the best beaches in the province, San Jacinto and San Clemente.

Here we met Andrea. She is 21 years old and single, and lives in her parents' house with her younger brothers. She studied in the university and obtained a degree in computer technology.

She is a fighter who works selling Yanbal products (beauty products, cosmetics, perfume, and women's accessories) to get her own resources with which to help her parents with the expenses. She works some three hours a day, four days a week. She leaves her products on credit and collects payment weekly. Thanks to what she studied, she also does certain computer jobs such as fixing and installing programs, for which she receives payment, and this is an extra income she has. She has been doing this work for more than three years and it is going very well for her.

This loan is to buy perfume, creams, cosmetics, and costume jewelry. She has been with the communal bank since the beginning, and she likes it because she has been able to help herself get her business ahead with the loans.

Her dream is to have a stable job in what she specialized in.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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