A loan of $1,550 helped to buy clothes, perfumes, creams, and cosmetics.

Aurelia Brenda's story

The San Pedro communal bank meets every two weeks in San Pedro in Manta city. The city is known for its beautiful beaches that are very popular throughout the whole year, and also for being a city with unmatched beauty and a lot of tourist attractions.

This is where we meet Aurelia, age 40. Her husband died several years ago. She has five children, ages 23, 21, 18, 14, and 6. Three of them still live in her house and go to the university, high school, and elementary school.

She is a homemaker. In order to get her own means of support to get her children ahead she sells clothes and Lebel and Avon products (beauty products, cosmetics, perfume, and women’s accessories). Most days she leaves to make her rounds in the city with her products because something has to be sold during the course of the day. She leaves her products on credit, and she collects once a week.

She buys the clothes in the city of Guayaquil, which is where she goes each time she needs merchandise. She has been doing this business activity for over seven years, and it is going very well for her.

The loan is to buy clothes, perfumes, creams, and cosmetics. She has been in her communal bank for 11 years. She likes it because the payments are easy to make.

Her dream is to have a car to make her rounds.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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