A loan of $2,500 helped a member to buy more cosmetics, clothing and raw materials.

Mujeres Formales Group's story

In Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas live three enterprising women who formed the "Mujeres Formales, JC" group. Santo Domingo is a city with a tropical humid climate and average temperature of 25º C. The city is known for being a crossroads between several cities on the equator, such as Esmeraldas, Cuenca, and Quito, among others, making it an important Ecuadorian trade center. Also, Santo Domingo encompasses most of the livestock market of Ecuador. It is called "de los Tsáchilas" because it is home to the Tsáchilas ethnic group which maintains its traditional dress and customs from before colonial times.

The "Mujeres Formales" group is comprised of Claire, Hortensia, and Jesús. The three are neighbors and live in the city center. They set up a business selling cosmetics and clothing, and also offer an alterations service. Claire, 47, is a single mother and finished her secondary
education. Hortensia, 59, has no commitments and so works full time in the business. Jesús is married and her husband is a bricklayer who helps care for their son. The business is important for these three women and they dream about expanding and strengthening it. Therefore, they are requesting a loan from Kiva to buy cosmetics, clothing and raw materials. This will allow them to offer more products to their customers as well as a better alterations service. Their goal is to have their own shop so they can increase their income and have a better quality of life.

In this group: Claire, Hortencia, Jesus

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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