A loan of $1,100 helped to buy inventory.

María Lucila's story

The members of the La Cantera communal bank meet every two weeks in the area known as El Cady in the city of Portoviejo. Most of the people here are farmers.

Maria lives here. She is 28 years old, is in a common law marriage and has a nine year old daughter who attends school. Her husband does not have a steady job.

Maria decided to sell Esika and Sayson brand products (beauty products for women, cosmetics, perfume, and accessories) when she saw that her husband was not able to work on occasion and had trouble feeding the family. She sells in her spare time and on the weekends and works as a housekeeper Monday through Friday, for which she receives a monthly salary. She sacrifices herself for her family’s wellbeing, which is the most important thing for her. She sells on credit and collects every week. She has been doing this for a year and, thanks to God, she earns an income and uses it toward her children’s education.

She will use the money from this loan to buy perfumes, creams, and cosmetics. She has been with the communal bank from the beginning and likes it because the loans are very helpful.

Her dream is to provide her daughter with the best.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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