A loan of $1,200 helped to buy clothes, perfume, creams, cosmetics, etc.

Mariuxi Aracely's story

The “Virgen del Rosario” communal bank meets every two weeks in Colorado in Montecristi Canton known for its rich pre-colonial culture and for its crafts that are famous both nationally and internationally. Most residents here work making ‘tagua’ [ivory palm] buttons, crafts and in general commerce.

Mariuxi, 34, lives here. She’s in a free union and has two children who are 17 and 13 years old; her youngest attends secondary school and her husband is a driver. Mariuxi is a housewife who in order to earn her own income to help her husband with household expenses works selling clothes via catalogue and L’Bel products (beauty products, cosmetics, perfumery and women’s accessories). She works three days selling door to door although most of her sales take place at home. She sells on credit and collects every two weeks. She’s been selling cosmetics for three years and recently started selling clothes with the previous loan; she’s doing very well.

This loan is to buy clothes, perfume, creams and cosmetics, among other things. She’s been in the communal bank two years and likes it because thanks to the loans her economic situation and her business are better every day. Her dream is to own a car so her husband can work.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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