A loan of $1,075 helped to buy construction materials for her business.

Maria Cristina's story

Maria, 23, lives in Isla Trinitaria in her parents' home. She married very young and already has a three-year-old boy whom she takes care of. He does not yet attend school. Her husband has a barbershop, in which she assists him. After she got married, she began to enjoy the business and has been working with the aim of meeting her daily expenses. She has always been an enterprising woman, and she now sells beauty products.

Her biggest selling items are perfumes, whether they are from Ecuador or other countries. She obtains the foreign perfumes through a friend who has an export business. She works all day without rest from 7 in the morning until 9 at night, making her rounds promoting her products or collecting payment from her customers.

Maria reports that this season has been more difficult since the rains have damaged the streets where she sells her products. The loan she is seeking is to renovate her husband's barbershop to make space for her to sell her own products there. The funds will be used to buy glass, cement, sand and stones for the construction. Her dream for the future is to be able to buy her own home where she can live comfortably.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kevin Bohnert

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