A loan of $1,075 helped to pay for Internet and telephone service and to buy cosmetics.

Shirley Rosana's story

Los Bajos de Montecristi is a city known for its vast variety of traditional products like the straw hats that are famous both inside and outside the country. The members of the “Mujeres Por El Progreso” (Women for Progress) communal bank meet there every 15 days.

Shirley, 34, lives here. She’s married and as three children who are 14, 11 and 8 years of age. Her two oldest attend secondary school and the youngest is in primary school. Her husband works in the city of Jaramijo.

Shirley has an Internet access and phone booth service installed at home; she also sells cosmetics, ice-cream, soft-drinks, games, snacks, phone cards and air time recharges of all operators there too. She works there every day and has been in business three years. She does very well because there aren’t many businesses like hers around where she lives.

This loan is to pay for the Internet access and to pay her phone bill and to buy cosmetics. She’s been in the communal bank for almost two years and likes it because she’s able to improve her business even more with the loans. Her dream is to give her children the best.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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