A loan of $1,000 helped to buy natural products and costume jewelry that she sells from home and also delivers so she can help her children pay school expenses.

Magali Marlene's story

In the parish of San Pablo in the city of Portoviejo, the capital of Manabi, known for many years as the city of Royal Tamarind Trees, the communal bank Unión Y Solidaridad meets twice a month.

This is where Magali lives. She is 51 years old, married with three children. Two are adults and one is 16 years old. All her children live at home. The oldest is a professional and the other two are studying at school and university. Her husband is a bricklayer.

She is a very good mother who helps her children with school expenses by working, selling natural products from a North American brand and also selling imitation fur jewelry. She sells her products at home and also delivers. She has many orders from her clients as her merchandise is very good. She works every day, allowing her customers to pay by credit, and she collects every two weeks. She has three years experience and it is going well as she has very good customers buying her products month by month.

This loan will be used to buy natural products and costume fur jewelry. She has been a member of this communal bank since it began. She is the president and she likes it because of the benefits that the group receives.

Her dream is to see her children finish their education and to become good professionals.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand

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