A loan of $1,600 helped to buy clothes and cosmetics.

Carmen's story

Los Bajos de Montecristi is a city noted for the wide variety of traditional products like the straw hats that are famous both inside the country and abroad. The members of the “Mujeres Por El Progreso” (Women for Progress) meet there every fifteen days.

Carmen, 54, lives here. She’s married and has three children who are responsible adults. One of her sons still lives at home with his family and her husband is a factory worker in Manta.

Aiming at earing a little on her own to help her husband with household expenses, Carmen works selling all types of clothes as well as Avon, Yanbal and Belcorp products (beauty products, cosmetics, perfumery and women’s accessories.) She sells door to door and also at home where her customers come by. She sells on credit and collects every 15 days. She’s been in business 10 years and does very well.

She will use this loan to buy clothes and cosmetics. She’s been in the communal bank for 16 years and likes it for the help the loans always give her in order to get ahead. Her dream is to continue moving forward and to be in good health.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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