A loan of $1,000 helped to buy fabric, Yanbal cosmetics, gas, and jugs of water.

María Auxiliadora's story

The members of the Los Laureles communal bank meet every two weeks in the beautiful city of Bahía De Caraquez. The city is known for its beaches, for its delicious food, and for the warmth of its people.

This is where María, age 66, lives. She is in a common-law marriage, and she has four grown children. The youngest child attends the university. Her husband is a taxi driver.

Several years ago she studied dressmaking at an educational center in Bahía. As our friend is a very hard-working woman, she has a small dressmaking shop in her house. She does a lot of work for people who seek her out to make their clothes. However, the things she sews the most are women’s clothes.

She also sells Yanbal (beauty products, cosmetics, perfume, and women’s accessories), jugs of water, and gas for domestic use. She works every day at her diverse business activities. She works from dawn until evening. If one of her customers needs something, it does not inconvenience her to go sell it because her business in in her house. She has had the business for 14 years, and it is going very well for her.

This loan is to buy fabric, Yanbal cosmetics, gas, and jugs of water. She has been in her communal bank since it started. She likes it because of the help given through the loans.

Her dream is to have a bigger place and a better business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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