A loan of $1,500 helped to buy rice, sugar, oil, clothing, and Avon products.

Ines Narcisa's story

In the city of Tosagua the communal bank Amistad meets every fifteen days. This place is known for being very dynamic where the majority of its inhabitants make a living farming and raising animals due to being an area with a lot of vegetation.

In this place we meet Inés who's 52 years old. She's divorced and from this relationship has three children. Two are of age and one is 15 years old who attends high school. Two of them still live with her.

Our friend makes a living doing business in order to get ahead with her family. She has a store in her home. There she sells all types of products like rice, sugar, oils, detergent, legumes, vegetables, and fruit. She works every day from 6am to 8pm, sometimes until later, and her children help her with her work. In her store she also sells all types of clothing and Avon products (beauty products, cosmetics, perfumery, and women's accessories). She's been doing this business for ten years and things are going very well for her as in this way she has been able to get her children ahead alone.

She is going to use this loan to stock up her store and buy rice, sugar, oils, all types of clothing, and Avon products. She's been part of the communal bank for twelve years and likes it because she began her business with one of the loans which today allows her to get ahead.

Her goals are to move forward and give the best to her family.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Shannon Birk

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