In 2005, Larisa was able to turn a corner in terms of her family’s circumstances due to her new found savings. She purchased a plot of land on the edge of the town of Calarasi, which is a regional capital. There she constructed a house and rented it out to another family for additional income. The following year, she was able to build an iron-roofed house for her family to expand from the thatch-roofed stone hut they had lived in for years. Since then, Larisa's business has grown even more, with a second plot of land and house for rent. Larisa is a self-sufficient farmer and businesswoman. She is able to provide food, clothing, and shelter for her family and education for her children. This is a long way from where she was when she first received a loan from Microinvest. Now she has decided to take another loan from Microinvest to launch her business. She plans to grow vegetables like potatoes, cucumbers, and eggplants.