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Rosa Del Pilar

Update on Rosa Del Pilar

The Communal Bank "Virgen del Rosario" meets every 15 days in Colorado, which is located in the canton of Montecristi. This area is known for its rich pre-colonial culture and its handicrafts that are recognized on a national and international level. Most of the residents of this area engage in the manufacture of tagua buttons, handicrafts, and trade in general.

It is here that one can meet Sra. Rosa. She is 34 years old and a single mother of three children (ages 15, 13, and 11) who are attending school. Rosa lives at her parents' house. She has been with her Communal Bank for three loan cycles and enjoys the help that the loans have given her.

Rosa is an excellent homemaker, but she also generates her own income by manufacturing buttons out of tagua. She uses a lathe (a machine that cuts the tagua) for making buttons in crude form. The products are delivered to traders who come to her area to buy them before taking them to Manta, where they are shipped abroad for final processing. Rosa works every day and has been in business for almost two years.

She is repeating the loan process for the same business. During this past loan cycle, her business did not do very well because of the winter. She almost came away with no profits. Rosa hopes to recover with this new loan. Her business is currently improving with each passing day. Rosa says that her situation resulted in two delinquent payments, but she was able to get back on track so that she could continue receiving the loans that are very important to her. She will use the money to buy tagua, the raw material used for making the buttons. Rosa is now in her fourth loan cycle with her Communal Bank and enjoys the convenience of the payments. Her dream is to have a large factory with the latest technology.

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EL Banco Comunal Virgen Del Rosario se reúne cada quince días en Colorado del Cantón Montecristi, conocido por su rica cultura pre colonial y por su artesanía que es reconocida a nivel nacional e internacional. En este sitio la mayoría de los habitantes se dedican a la fabricación de botones de tagua, artesanía y comercio en general.

Aquí conocimos a la señora Rosa, tiene 34 años de edad, es madre soltera de tres hijos de 15, 13 y 11 y años de edad que estudian en colegio y escuela. Ella vive en casa de sus padres. Lleva en el Banco Comunal tres ciclos y le gusta por la ayuda que le dan con los créditos.

Ella es una muy buena ama de casa que para generar sus propios ingresos se dedica a la fabricación de botones hechos en tagua, para lo cual tiene un torno (máquina para cortar tagua) con la que se elaboran los botones pero en forma cruda, productos que entregan en su sector a comerciantes que llegan hasta este lugar a comprar para luego llevarlas a Manta para que estos sean enviados al extranjero para que sean terminados. Trabaja todos los días y lleva en este negocio por casi dos años.

Ella está repitiendo el crédito y es para el mismo negocio ya que en este ciclo que paso el negocio no estuvo muy bueno por causa del invierno y casi no le quedo ganancias las cuales con este nuevo crédito espera recuperar ya que actualmente el negocio ha mejorado y seguirá mejor con el paso de los días, nos comenta que por esta situación tuvo dos atrasos en sus pagos pero que luego como pudo ella se puso al dia para así seguir recibiendo los créditos que para ella son muy importantes, ella va a comprar tagua que es la materia prima para la fabricación de los botones. Lleva cuatro ciclos en el Banco Comunal y le gusta por las facilidades de pago.

Su sueño es tener una fábrica grande con mayor tecnología.

Previous Loan Details

The “Virgen Del Rosario” communal bank meets every two weeks in Colorado, Montecristi Canton (Portoviejo), known for its rich pre-colonial culture and for its crafts that are famous both nationally and internationally. Most of the residents of this place manufacture tagua [nuts known as vegeta... More from Rosa Del Pilar's previous loan »

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  • $10,600
    Average annual income
  • 71
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  • $25,584,275
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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $900 helped Rosa Del Pilar to buy "tagua" (a natural ivory substitute) for making buttons.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 16, 2012
Jun 4, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 15, 2012
This photo was used before for a previous loan for Rosa Del Pilar. It was first posted on Kiva on Nov, 2011. Learn More