A loan of $1,175 helped to buy grocery items and Yanbal cosmetics.

Olaya Georgina's story

The “María Auxiliadora” communal bank meets in La Sequita Parish belonging to Montecristi, a prosperous canton in Manabí full of hardworking, dedicated people who are proud of their roots. La Sequita is a parish whose inhabitants are honest people who only know work and dedication to their families.

Olaya, 41, lives here. She’s a single mother of three children who are 24, 20 and 18 years old. The youngest attends secondary school and is the only one still living at home.

Olaya has a home-based grocery store. She sells all sorts of foodstuffs there and also sells Yanbal products (beauty products, cosmetics, perfumery and women’s accessories). She sells them at home and also door to door. She works every day from 6am to 8pm. Her son helps her with the business when he’s not busy and when she has to go out to collect since she sells on credit and collects weekly. She’s had the store for more than three years and has been selling Yanbal products for much longer. This is how she was able to support her children.

She will use the loan to buy grocery items and Yanbal products to stock her business. She’s been in the communal bank since the beginning and likes it because it’s a very orderly, responsible group. Her dream is to continue moving forward.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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