A loan of $1,200 helped to buy groceries and Yanbal cosmetics.


Olaya Georgina's story

The communal bank "María Auxiliadora" meets in La Sequita parish, which is in the Montecristi region and the canton of Manabita. This is a place full of hardworking people who are proud of their roots. La Sequita is a parish where the inhabitants are honest people who are dedicated to their work and their families. Here we meet Olaya, who is 40 years old. She is the single mother of three children, aged 23, 19 and 17. The youngest of these attends school, and he still lives in her house. Our friend Olaya has a store in her house where she sells all types of groceries. She also sells Yanbal products (beauty products, cosmetics, perfumes and women's accessories) from her house, and she takes her products out around to sell. She works every day from 6am until 8pm. Her son helps her with the business when he's not busy, and in those times when she goes out to sell and to collect. She sells her products on credit, and collects on a weekly basis. She has had this store for more than 2 years, and she's been selling Yanbal products for much longer. In this way, she has been able to get ahead with her children. She will use this loan to buy groceries and Yanbal cosmetics to stock her store. She has been with her communal bank from the start, and she is on the board. She likes it because the group is very organized and accomplished. Her dream is to continue to move ahead.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar


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