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A loan of $600 helped to buy shoes to sell.

Marisol's story

Marisol is thirty years old and comes from Santa Rosa. She lives in a civil union with Misael, who is thirty-two. They have two children, Milena and Juan. Thanks to her constant efforts, together with her husband, Marisol managed to buy a house made of wood. After graduating as a nurse in the city, she decided to come back to her hometown in order to help people. She has been working at the public health centre in Santa Rosa for seven years, honouring her promise to herself by being an active participant in her town's social development. As she is very dedicated to her work, she also helps sometimes at private health centres and clinics of her area, which helps her generate more income, which goes toward household expenses. Following her business instincts, she decided to start selling shoes from a catalogue. Her idea is to sell them to colleagues and to the other professionals she works with on a regular basis. In order to do that, she wants working capital with which to buy the first bulk of shoes as well as the catalogues, an activity that would generate additional income. In the future, Marisol would like to open a pharmacy, in order to keep helping people protect their health while generating more income to give her little ones a brighter future. This would be her fourth loan. Her sparing no efforts means that her position is stable and that she can count on her monthly salary to reimburse her loans seamlessly. Marisol feels a strong bond with the other members of her communal bank and says that everyone trusts each other. With this loan, she will buy shoes to sell from a catalogue and start her business in this field.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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