A loan of $900 helped to purchase perfume, costume jewelry, cosmetics and creams.

Rosario Rocio's story

The Progreso del Mar Communal Bank meets every 15 days in beautiful San Mateo beach resort in the city of Manta. Manta is known for its beautiful beaches that are visited during all seasons of the year by both national and international tourists. Here the majority of the people are engaged in fishing and tasks related to the sea.

Rosario lives here. She is 25 years old, married and has three children, 7, 4 and 1 years old. The oldest is in school. Her husband is a fisherman.

In order to feel useful and to earn something on her own, Rosario sells Avon and Yanbal beauty products by catalog, such as cosmetics, perfume and women’s accessories. She works every day, most often in the mornings since it is easier for her to make her calls at that time. She goes door to door and by request, selling on credit and collecting payments weekly. She loves selling and has been doing so for three years. The business has gone very well since she has many customers. Her best selling items are cosmetics and perfume.

She will use this loan to buy perfume, costume jewelry, cosmetics and creams. She has been a member of the communal bank for three years and she enjoys it because of the help provided through loans.

Her dream is to give the best to her children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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