A loan of $825 helped to purchase clothing, perfumes, lotions, cosmetics, etc.

Leonor Antonieta's story

Picoaza is described in books as one of the indigenous peoples which are part of the Manteña culture. This urban community is located only ten minutes away from the town of Portoviejo, the capital of Manabi. Here is where the members of the "María Asunción" communal bank gather together every 15 days.

This is where Leonor lives. She's 41 years old and married, and from this relationship she has two children aged 16 and 14, who attend school. Her husband is an architect.

Leonor is a woman who likes to have an income of her own. To that end, she sells various brands of clothing by catalog. In addition, she sells Avon products (beauty products, cosmetics, perfumery and women's accessories). She sells on a door-to-door basis and also from her home, since that's where her customers come. Most of her customers are friends and relatives. She sells her merchandise on credit and collects payments every 8 or 15 days. She has been in this line of work for 5 years and it has been going very well.

This loan is to purchase clothing, perfumes, lotions and cosmetics, among other items. She has been in the communal bank for over 12 years and she enjoys it because it's easy to get loans.

Her dream is to have her children become professionals.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Renata Wolff

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