A loan of $650 helped to buy hair color, gel, nail polish, shampoo, etc.

Martha Isabel's story

Martha has been a member of the “El Crédito” communal bank for two years. She lives in Cuenca’s Baños Parish, a place surrounded by nature. Its residents are merchants, raise animals and work in agriculture; they still retain the culture and traditions of their ancestors.

Martha is 28-years-old, married and has two children who are 4 and 2 years old. Her oldest son is in Kindergarten. Her husband works as a ‘latonero’ (he repairs car bodies); he works as a salaried employee. The house they live in his theirs.

Martha is a total professional in the beauty realm since she trained for it and has been exercising her profession for ten years. She works Monday through Saturday from 8am until 8pm in her own beauty shop. She will use her new loan to buy hair color, gel, nail polish, shampoo and other products she needs for her shop. Her goal is to own a vehicle.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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