A loan of $1,200 helped to buy bricks, cement, and sand, and to pay labourers to install a floor in her house.

Encarnación's story

Encarnación is 50 years old. She is a widow with three children. She is an older woman who works hard every day to get ahead and reach her life goals. She grew up with her parents, who taught her to work in agriculture and on the coffee farms in the area. Her parents owned a small store where she learned the business. Encarnación got married at the age of 18 and had three children who are now grown. Her husband died 28 years ago, and her children emigrated to the United States. She now lives with her five grandchildren in her home. She used to work selling vegetables in the city market. She would have to walk 45 minutes from the mountains where she lives, and then take the bus to the city. She now has a small store in her community which provides an income for her family.
She buys her merchandise in the city. To get there, she has to walk. It often takes 45 minutes to get to the village where she catches the bus for the city. She then brings her products back to her community to sell them. She sells basic staples such as beans, corn, rice, and oil. She also sells medicine and other household products.
This loan, which she is requesting from Fundacion Campo, is for the purchase of bricks, cement, and sand, and to pay labourers to install a floor in her home. They currently have a dirt floor and she wants to install brick. With this investment, she will have a more dignified home. She has built her home through great hard work, and now she needs bricks so that she and her grandchildren can live a better life. They currently run the risk of getting infections in their feet from the humidity.
She plans to buy a larger display case to display her products, and to help her grandchildren with their studies.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper

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