A loan of $625 helped to buy merchandise: clothing for men, women and children and perfumes.

Karol's story

Karol Leitón M.
Loan Amount: 300,000 colones

Karol Leitón M., 25, is the mother of two children; one is already in school, in second grade, and the youngest is two years old. She lives with her life partner in the San Luis neighborhood which is in the Puntarenas zone of Costa Rica. She has been a merchant for over 8 years and this is the third loan request from Fundación Mujer. She has maintained excellent payment behavior and has used the loans; this one will be no exception, to buy merchandise: blouses, shirts, underwear and perfumes, among others.

She dedicates mornings to her family. She sends her oldest child to school and prepares her partner’s meal who then goes to work. She does the domestic chores and during the afternoon she tends to her business be it buying merchandise or delivering goods or collecting payments. These tasks take place in her community which facilitates her getting around. It’s only when she has to buy merchandise that she travels to the city of Puntarenas.

The loan will make it possible for her to tend to her customers and improve her income by increasing her working capital.

Her main dream is to have her own store in the community to stop doing door to door sales; also that her children have a good education and to stay in business, which is an important economic help for the family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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