A loan of $1,700 helped to buy clothes, costume jewelry, shoes and cosmetics.

Priscila Elizabeth's story

The “María Del Carmen” communal bank meets every fifteen days in Montecristi Canton where the famous straw hats come from. It’s a cold climate city with many natural tourist attractions.

Priscila, 38, lives here. She’s married and has two children who are 14 and 9 years of age attending school; her eldest is in secondary school and the youngest is in elementary school. Her husband’s a merchant.

Priscila’s a very good housewife who in addition to caring for her home is also a merchant. She sells clothes, shoes and Yanbal products (beauty products, cosmetics, perfumery and women’s accessories) via catalog door to door. She shows her catalogs to customers everywhere she visits so they can choose what they want. They place orders and she delivers them and collects every 8 days since she sells her goods on credit. She’s been practicing this profession for more than 15 years and it’s helped her move her children forward.

The loan is to buy clothes, costume jewelry, shoes and Yanbal products. She’s been in the communal bank for 14 years and likes it because of the help the loans provide. Her dream is to have a large store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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