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Leopoldina says that the freedom of running her own business is therapeutic. Originally from Ecuador, she now lives in the Bronx, NY, with her thirteen-year-old daughter and seventy-year-old mother.

After many years as a factory worker, Leopoldina found a flexible job housekeeping. Eight years ago she decided to start her own business to earn extra income. She came to ACCION USA for a loan in 2002 to start her home-based jewelry sales business. As the mother of a special-needs daughter, running her home-based business allows Leopoldina more time to spend with her daughter.

Recently Leopoldina came to ACCION USA for a loan to purchase more inventory. With her loan she will purchase jewelry from her native country, Ecuador. She has been a long-time client of ACCION USA. She says that she is grateful to have a relationship with ACCION USA for so many years because she has improved her credit score and has been able to provide for her daughter.

Leopoldina is a skilled saleswoman who, despite the economic challenges, continues to prosper. She has seen everyone around her affected by the economic downturn; however she has been adamantly persisting in continuing her business. She loves the freedom it provides her.

About United States

  • $54,800
    Average annual income
  • 30
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  • $12,223,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $8,850 helped Leopoldina to purchase jewelry from Ecuador.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
30 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 26, 2010
Mar 23, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 15, 2011