A loan of $1,675 helped to buy clothing, perfume, creams, jewelry, fabric, and thread.

Ángela María'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.

Ángela, 34, lives in this community. She is married with three children, ages 10, 16, and 17. The two older children are in high school and the youngest is in elementary school. Her husband is a winemaker for a company in the city of Manta.

Ángela is a housewife who sells clothing from a catalog and products from Yanbal and Belcorp (beauty products, cosmetics, perfume, and women's accessories) to earn her own money. She also does embroidery work by order. She has had this business for eight years, and it is going very well. With her earnings, she pays for her children's education.

She will use this loan to buy clothing, perfume, creams, jewelry, fabric, and thread. She has been with the communal bank since its foundation, and she enjoys it because of the help she receives with the loans.

Her dream is to have a great small embroidery business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Volz

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