A loan of $1,100 helped to purchase perfumes, creams, costume jewelry and bed linen.

Noris Fatima's story

On San Eduardo street, on the way to Santa Ana, in Portoviejo city, known as the Citudad de los Reales Tamarindos from colonial times, the members of the 16 de Julio communal bank meet every two weeks.

In this place lives Noris, who is 52 years old, married and has three adult children, two of them who still live with her. Her husband is a driver.

Noris is a housewife who, in order to have her own income and, with this, help her husband with the household expenses, works selling Yanbal products (perfumes, creams, costume jewelry, etc.), bed linen, and quilts among other things. She sells door-to-door but also sells in her house where her customers come when they need a product. She sells on credit and collects each week. She has been doing this work for over 12 years, with which she earns something for the good of her family. This loan is to purchase perfumes, creams, costume jewelry and bed linen. She has been in the communal bank from the beginning and she likes it because the loans have allowed her to finance her business. Her dream is to give the best to her family.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Wendy Harris

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