A loan of $1,375 helped to buy costume jewelry.

Erika Monserrate's story

Erika started her business selling costume jewelry thanks to her mother, whom she accompanied when she was selling. She really liked sales, and as the years went by, she gained skill and experience. Now, at 19, she feels ready to take another step in her life: to be independent.

Her business is located in downtown Manta, where she rents a small shop. She runs it with a person she has hired to help her. She opens from 5:00am until 7:00pm. She feels very happy, as at her age she has achieved a personal success that is very satisfying.

Erika tells us that she is single at the moment, and has a little girl, just two years old. Her mother looks after the baby when she is working. With the loan, she will buy costume jewelry to sell, hoping to increase her sales. Her great dream is to have her own home, in order to not keep living with her parents, and this way feel more at ease, together with her child.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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