A loan of $1,600 helped to buy clothing, shoes, perfumes, costume jewelry, etc.

Azucena Mariana's story

In the city of Charapoto, the San Esteban communal bank gets together every 15 days. The town is known for its traditional culture, and especially for being just a few minutes from two of the best beaches of the province- San Jacinto and San Clemente. It is here that señora Mariana lives. She is 62 years old, married, and has five grown children of which the youngest lives with her. Her husband is a businessman.

In order to make her own income, Doña Mariana has had a boutique in a rented shop in the center of Charapoto for a number of years. She works everyday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm selling clothing, shoes, perfumes, costume jewelry, and many types of national and imported gifts. She goes to Guayaquil every 15 days to buy her merchandise or she also receives imported clothing one time per month depending on her sales. Doña Mariana has had her business more than 15 years, and it provides her very good benefits.

This loan is to buy clothing, shoes, perfumes, costume jewelry, etc for her boutique. Doña Mariana has been part of the communal bank for more than three years, and she enjoys the ease of obtaining loans. Her dream is to own a storefront because renting takes up a large part of her income.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Carrie Straub

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