A loan of $1,000 helped to purchase natural products, perfumes, cosmetics and costume jewelry..


Irma Patricia's story

In the resort of San Clemente del Cantón Sucre, the First of December Community Bank meets every 15 days. This place is known for its beautiful beaches that are visited by many local and foreign tourists. It offers diversity of beautiful places and a rich variety of dishes typical of the region.

In this place lives Irma. She is 33 years old, is married and, from this relationship, she has three children who are 14, 11, and 7 years old. The two eldest study in high school and the youngest in school. Her husband is a driver.

She is a great homemaker who, to obtain her own resources, is dedicated to selling natural products and cosmetics from Esika (beauty products, cosmetics, perfumes and women's accessories). Her means of selling is door to door and she works five days a week for one or two hours a day and when she is not busy she doesn't have a fixed schedule. She sells her products on credit and collects every week. For nine years she has been dedicated to this business and it's going very well. She she sells the most are the natural products since they are very good.

This loan is to buy natural products, perfumes, creams, cosmetics and costume jewelry. She has 13 years with her community bank. She is the treasurer of the group and she likes it because the group is very accomplished. Her dream is to give the best to her children.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer


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