A loan of $550 helped to buy clothes, perfume, and creams, etc.

Angeles Ines's story

The Caminantes de Cristo communal bank meets every 15 days in the outskirts of Portoviejo. They meet in an area that is known as Las Piedras [The Stones] because it is very close to the rock quarries.

This is where Ángela, age 37, lives. She is married and has three children, ages 17, 15, and 13, and the children go to school. Her husband is a merchant. Ángela is a very hard-working woman. She devotes herself to commerce in order to be able to earn something on her own. She does this to help her children with their educational expenses.

She sells clothes by catalog and Avon and Sayson products (beauty products, perfume, and women’s accessories). She sells door to door, and she works every day in the afternoons or when she can. She gives credit, and she collects on the week-ends. She has been in this business for over 12 years; therefore she has a lot of clientele.

She will use this loan to buy clothes, perfume, and creams, among other things that she sells. She has been in the communal bank for over four years, and she likes it because she has been able to finance her business with the loans.

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

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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