A loan of $5,850 helped a member to buy perfumes, creams, accessories and cosmetics.

La Cantera (Portoviejo) Group's story

The members of the La Cantera communal bank, situated in the area known as El Cady in the parish of Colon, city of Potoviejo, meet up every fortnight. The women earn a living in various ways such as agriculture and general commerce. The group of 12 women joined forces so they could have access to the loans provided by the Fundación Espoir and use them to carry on improving their quality of life.

One of the women in this group is Floricenda, who is 45 years old. She is married with 3 children, 2 of whom are adults and one is 17 years old. Two of them still live with their parents and are studying at college and university. Her husband is employed by a private firm.

Floricenda likes to make her own way in life and as a result of her work she is able to cover the costs of her children's studies. She sells products from Yanbal and Esika (perfumes, creams, make-up and accessories for men and women). She sells door-to-door and also sells from home to people she knows. She supplies her products on credit and collects payments every week. She has been doing this for more than 2 years and it has gone well.

This loan is to buy perfumes, creams, accessories and cosmetics. She has been in the communal bank since the beginning and likes it because of the support the bank has given them.

Her dream is for her children to become professionals.

The small photo is of one of the members who could not be present when the group photo was taken.

In this group: María Lucila*, Olinda Rosalia, Mayda Fabiola, Floricenda Del Rocio, Mabel Yadira, Lucia Margarita, Rosana Del Rocio, Mayuri Vanesa, Yenny Elizabeth, Lucia Gema, Liliana Elizabeth, Beatriz Aracely
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Judith McInally

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