A loan of $675 helped to buy cosmetics for her business.

María Del Carmen's story

María is making her second loan alongside her friends and companions from the communal bank María Reina de la Paz. She likes this type of loan because of the solidarity and unity of all the members. She lives in the city of Cuenca, a place that enjoys a cool climate, is bathed by four rivers and has many places to enjoy nature. It guards its historical center jealously and its people keep the traditions of the past.

María is 34 years old, single, and lives with her parents with whom she shares the household expenses. The house she lives in belongs to her parents.

María has been working selling cosmetics for four years and works from Sunday to Sunday without a fixed schedule. She also works as a professional seamstress.

She is going to invest her loan in the purchase of cosmetics. Her goal is to have her own facility where she can sell jewelry and perfume.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand

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