A loan of $6,375 helped a member to buy perfume, creams, cosmetics, and office supplies.

Mujeres De Exito De Rocafuerte (Rocafuerte) Group's story

The members of the Mujers De Éxito de Rocafuerte communal bank meet every 15 days in the Rocafuerte canton. This group is comprised of ten women and two men. This place is known for its delicious sweets that the villagers prepare and are known throughout the country. The members combine their efforts in order to be able to access the benefits that the Fundación Espoir provides. With these benefits they hope to expand their businesses for the well-being of their families.

Carmen Dolores, age 32, is one of the members of this group. She is a single mother with two children, ages four and two months. She lives with her parents. She is an auditor and accountant.

In order to get ahead, together with her two young daughters, Carmen Dolores sells Avon and Yanbal (beauty products, cosmetics, perfume, and women’s accessories) products. She also does accounting jobs for certain places and people who require her services. With this she earns something for her work, which together with her income from her business, serves her to get her little ones ahead.

She works almost every day with her accounting work or making her rounds of sales. She leaves her products on credit, and she collects each week. She has been engaged in this business activity for over ten years, and it allows her to get ahead.

This loan is to buy perfume, creams, cosmetics, and some office supplies for her accounting jobs. She has been in the communal bank for four years, and she is the president. She likes it for the help that is provided with the loans. Her dream is to give her daughters the best.

In this group: Carmen Dolores*, Laura Katerine, María Esperanza, Virginia Isabel, Carmen Del Jesús, Rosa Ramona, Joe Javier, Kelvin Abigail, Letty Narcisa, María Pierina, Diana Rafaela, Josefa Mercedes
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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