A loan of $1,500 helped to purchase fragrances, fashion jewelry, cosmetics, and spare car parts.


María Eulalia's story

The Mujeres de Lucha communal bank gets together every two weeks at the Picoaza parish in the city of Portoviejo, an area which is known for its commerce, its traditional San Pedro and San Pablo festivals, and its people's joy.

This is where Maria lives. She is a 45-year-old married mother of two, ages 23 and 18--the youngest of whom still lives with her. Her husband is a small business owner.

In order to make her own money, Maria sells Yanbal products (beauty products, cosmetics, fragrances, and women's accessories) by catalog. In addition to selling hair care and color products, she also sells spare parts for vehicles door-to-door, a home business that she and her husband run. They work from Monday through Saturday in both businesses, and they buy the car parts in Guayaquil whenever they need to. They have been in business for 7 years and have been prosperous.

This loan will be used to purchase fragrances, fashion jewelry, cosmetics, and spare car parts. She has been with the bank for two years, and she likes it because it has helped her with her business.

Her dream is to have a much bigger business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Casian


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