A loan of $1,275 helped to buy fabric, thread and cosmetics.

Maritza Dolores's story

The “Productivo” (Productive) communal bank meets every 15 days in Montecristi Canton known for its rich pre-colonial culture and for its crafts that are famous nationally and internationally; it’s where the famous straw hats come from.

Maritza, 47, lives here. Her husband died several years ago and she has no children; she lives with relatives.

She’s been a dressmaker for years since she studied clothing design and sewing in a local academy. Maritza is a dedicated woman who likes to fend for herself and get ahead by means of the fruit of her labor. She has a sewing workshop at home and she also sells Esika and Yanbal products (beauty products, cosmetics, perfumery and women’s accessories.) She sells them either going door to door or at home when her customers come by to have her make them clothes. She’s been in this activity for more than 10 years.

She will use this loan to buy fabric, thread and Esika and Yanbal cosmetics. She’s been in the communal bank 3 years and likes it because of the loans they give her to get ahead. Her dream is to have a larger sewing workshop and a clothing store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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