A loan of $1,000 helped to buy perfume, cream, cosmetics, costume jewelry, etc.

Gloria Domitila's story

Para el Futuro de la Mujer Communal Bank meets every two weeks in La Pila, in Montecristi Canton. This place is very well known in the province and the country for its rich traditional culture. A wide variety of arts and crafts is made here according to traditional customs.

Gloria, 48, lives here. She's married and from this relationship has an adult son who's married and still lives at home. Her husband doesn't work for health reasons.

Gloria makes a living in sales, selling Yanbal products (beauty products, cosmetics, perfume, and women's accessories) with the goal of earning something on her own and being able to help her husband with the household expenses. She sells door-to-door three or four days a week. She leaves products on credit and collects every week. She has been doing this work for five years and it's going very well for her.

She's going to use this loan to buy more merchandise: perfume, cream, cosmetics, costume jewelry, and other things. She has been with her communal bank for five years and she likes it because with the first loan she started her business.

Her dream is to have a car for doing her route.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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