A loan of $1,200 helped to buy clothing and tagua nuts.


Maryorie Alexandra's story

Virgen del Rosario Communal Bank meets every two weeks in Colorado, in Montecristi Canton, known for its rich precolonial culture and its nationally and internationally recognized arts and crafts. The majority of the people here earn a living making tagua nut buttons, as artisans, and in commerce in general.

Maryorie, 23, lives here. She's in a common-law relationship and has two children, ages 4 and 2. Her husband is an artisan.

Maryorie is requesting the loan to help her husband in his business. He has a small factory where he makes buttons of tagua nuts. She also works as a merchant. She sells all types of clothing, going out two or three days a week to sell her products. She leaves them on credit and collects every week. Thanks to her earnings her finances and her family situation are improving.

She's going to use this loan to buy tagua nuts and all types of clothing. She has been in the communal bank for three years and likes it because of the help with loans.

Her dream is to have her own house, because she lives with relatives.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall


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