A loan of $1,500 helped to stock her store.

Marcia Leticia's story

The members of the “Desarrollo Femenino” communal bank meet every two weeks in the Calderón parish of the city of Portoviejo. This area is known for its delicious food and for its vegetation. Most of its residents are involved in farming and general business.

Marcia lives here. She’s 53 years old, is separated, but has a son. He’s now an adult and on his own. She’s been with the communal bank since it began and is in charge of payments for the group. She likes it because the group meets its responsibilities and this is good for everyone.

Marcia is a hardworking woman who always liked earning her own money. She started a store out of her home more than 20 years ago, where she sells clothing, wallets, shoes, Avon and Yanbal products (beauty products, cosmetics, perfumes, and women’s accessories), and all types of accessories for the home. She works daily from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and later if she needs to. She works on her own and she likes the business because it helps her help her son get ahead. She enjoys her business and it earns her a living.

She will use the money from this loan to buy clothing, wallets, shoes, perfumes, creams, cosmetics, and all of the thing she sells.

Her dream is to continue moving ahead and improving her business each day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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