A loan of $1,275 helped to buy handmade crafts..


Jessenia Maribel's story

In La Pila in the Montecristi canton, the Para el Futuro De la Mujer communal bank meets every two weeks. This place is very well known in the province and in the country for its rich cultural tradition. Here you can find a wide variety of handmade crafts made by its inhabitants, following traditional customs.

This is where Jessenia lives. She is 36, married and has four children from her marriage aged 20, 19, 12 and 10. The two youngest are in high school and elementary school. In order to take care of herself and help with the household expenses, Jessenia has a business. She buys and sells hand made tagua items. She only sells things made from that material because her business is buying these products either in Portoviejo or in Los Bajos and sending them to the United States where her father has lived for many years. He is the one who receives them and distributes them there. She has been doing this activity for 4 years. She makes an honest living for her family's well being.

This loan is to buy more handmade crafts of all types and models for export. She has been in the communal bank for 8 years and she likes it because she started her business with one of these loans. Her dream is to give the best to her children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue


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