A loan of $1,575 helped to buy creams, perfume and shampoo.

Ana Maria's story

Anita, like she’s affectionately referred to by her neighbors, lives in Portoviejo-Manabí but was born in Charapoto. Charapoto is a district whose inhabitants farm and raise livestock. It’s a small town with very few growth opportunities. When she married Jorge they decided to live in Portoviejo, capital of Manabí. Anita has three children attending public elementary and secondary school; the last one is not yet in her care.

She started selling thanks to a girlfriend who told her some extra money would do her good since her seafood selling husband didn’t always do too well. She works alone during the morning showing catalogues or products to her relatives, neighbors and friends.

She comments that she likes it because it allows her to care for her children by not having a fixed work schedule. We asked her: “What risks does your business have?” and she commented: “Delivering products to someone who doesn’t pay on time or pay at all.” Anita will use the loan to buy merchandise like creams, perfume, shampoo, etc. Her future dream is to improve her home for a better lifestyle.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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