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Elfida Paulina
Elfida sells corn, eggs, soda water, and clothes for women and children. She has been in the business for twelve years. She began her business only selling tamales and ice cream, but the need to earn more money made her look for other products to sell. It was in this way that she began to sell corn, which she buys in the Terminal market in the capital city. She brings it to her village of Chixolis in Santiago Sacatepequez, where she sells her products among her neighbors and friends. As she got more clients, they asked Elfida for other things. Because of this, she began to sell eggs, soda water, and clothes. She has 4 children, and her husband helps her in her business. She wants to invest the loan to buy more merchandise because it is cheaper to buy at wholesale. She wants to have a well-stocked business so that she can also increase her earnings. Her goals are to be able to continue improving her house. She has already fought with a lot of strength to have her own house, since she and her husband are originally from the Southern coast of the country. Because of all of this, she continues fighting to improve and have a dignified home for her children.
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Elfida se dedica a la venta de maíz, huevos, aguas gaseosas, y venta de ropa para damas y niños, tiene ya doce años con el negocio. Ella inició su negocio únicamente vendiendo tamales y helados, pero la misma necesidad de poder ganar un poco más de dinero le hicieron buscar otros productos que vender, así fue como inicio con la venta de de maíz, el cual compra en el mercado de la Terminal en la ciudad capital, y lo lleva a su aldea Chixolis en Santiago Sacatepequez, donde lo vende entre sus vecinos y amigos. Conforme fue adquiriendo clientes, ellos le pedían otras cosas, así fue que empezó a vender huevos, aguas gaseosas y ropa. Ella tiene 4 hijos, y su esposo es le apoya en su negocio, ella quiere invertir el crédito para comprar una cantidad mayor de mercadería, ya que es más barato comprar por mayor, ella desea tener bien surtido se negocio para poder incrementar también sus ganancias. Sus metas son poder ir mejorando su casa, ya con mucho esfuerzo han luchado para tener su propia casa, ya que ella y su esposo son originarios de la costa sur del país. Por todo eso ella sigue luchando para mejorar y tener un lugar digno para sus hijos.

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About FAPE

FAPE, the Foundation for the Assistance of Small Businesses, is a nonprofit, socially-minded institution that provides loans to micro-entrepreneurs across Guatemala.

About Guatemala

  • $4,155
    Average annual income
  • 63
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    Guatemala Loans Fundraising
  • $8,816,525
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 7.6
    Guatemala Quetzales (GTQ) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,075 helped Elfida Paulina to supply her business to sell corn and eggs.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Dec 17, 2008
Listed
Dec 18, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Dec 23, 2009