A loan of $1,425 helped to buy perfume, creams, jewelry, fabric, and thread.

Maribel Del Rocio's story

In a community called Pachinche, which belongs to the parish of Colon in the city of Portoviejo, a place known for its hardworking people who work in agriculture and livestock, the members of the "Damas Emprendedoras de Pachinche" ("Women Entrepreneurs of Pachinche") communal bank meet every fifteen days.

Maribel, 39, lives in this community. She is married with three children, ages 8, 14, and 19. The younger children are studying at school. Her husband works in agriculture.

Maribel is a housewife who sells slippers and Yanbal products (beauty products, cosmetics, perfume and women's accessories) to earn her own money. She also does embroidery work for a woman who gives her orders. She has had this business for 5 years. It is going very well because she can do this job in her free time from anywhere, just like her sales, which she does by catalog order.

She will use this loan to buy perfume, creams, jewelry, fabric, and thread for her embroidery. She has been with the communal bank for more than four years, and she enjoys it because of the help the loans give her.

Her dreams are for her children to become professionals and to have good health.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Volz

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