A loan of $900 helped to buy clothes, shoes, perfume, creams, cosmetics, etc.


Carmen Orlinda Aidee's story

The “Tosagua” communal bank meets every two weeks in the city of Tosagua. This place is known for being very dynamic and most of the residents work in agriculture and in animal husbandry; it’s a zone with much vegetation.

Carmen, 62, lives here. She’s married and had three children but two of them died several years ago. The surviving one is an adult now but still lives at home. Her husband’s retired.

She’s a housewife who in order to have her own source of income to contribute towards household expenses works selling all types of clothes, shoes and Yanbal products (beauty products, cosmetics, perfume and women’s accessories). She works every day at her sales and in the evening makes corviches [deep-fried plantain dough stuffed with fish, peanuts, onions and spices], tortillas and turnovers to sell. To do so, she improvises a small kiosk outside her house where her customers come by in the evening and at night which is when she sells her food. She’s been doing this for more than 15 years and does very well.

This loan is to buy clothes, perfume, shoes, creams and cosmetics, among others. She’s been in the communal bank since its beginning and likes it because the group is very united and trustworthy. Her dream is that she and her family have good health.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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