A loan of $1,375 helped to buy handicrafts to sell.

María Isabel's story

The communal bank “Los Tres Ángeles” ["The Three Angels"] meets every fifteen days in the canton of Montecristi, known for its rich pre-colonial culture and its handicrafts that are well-known on both the national and international levels. This is the home of the famous "Panama" hats made from toquilla fiber.

María lives in this place. She is 40 years old and married, with three children who are 19, 18 and 16 years of age. The oldest studies at the university and the two younger ones are in secondary school. Her husband is an artisan.

She has a shop in a location visited by many tourists, where she sells all types of crafts such as bracelets and hats, among other things. She works every day from 8 am until 6 pm. Her children help her in her business when they are not busy, and above all on weekends, which is when the place is most crowded and sales are highest. She buys her products from artisans in Montecristi. She has dedicated herself to this business for 15 years, and she has had her shop for a few years.

She is requesting a repeat loan because the loans always help her very much with her business. The earnings she obtains always go to help with the expenses for her children's studies, since this is the most important thing for her. This loan will go to buy more handicrafts. She has been in the communal bank for more than two years, and she likes it because she can finance her business with the loans.

Her dreams are to continue making progress with her business and to give her children the best education possible.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman

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