Total loan: $500

Carolina Lisset

Gotera, Morazán Department, El Salvador / Clothing

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A loan helped to purchase merchandise such as clothing, linens, sheets, blankets, shoes, and various items in order to have more variety to offer to her customers, and to purchase sheeting and wood for building her home.

Carolina Lisset's story

Carolina, age 39, is an enterprising lady and the mother of five children (four boys and one girl). She studied until the second grade--she did not continue studying because she did not have the support of her parents. Two of her children already live with their partners and have their own houses in the community, and only three of her children live in her house. She has lived with her partner for eleven years. Her husband works as a bricklayer and is also a plumber in the community. On the weekends he works cultivating corn and beans. A brother gave her a plot of land where she has her house, in which only her three dependent children live with her and her husband, who helps her with the daily living expenses of their family. Carolina has been selling linens, sheets, and clothing for all age groups, for more than nine years, thanks to some girlfriends who motivated her to start her own business, and to be independent. Before, she worked for many years where a neighboring lady worked, selling corn tortillas that they distributed throughout the community. Four days a week she goes out alone to sell clothing and various items in the community cantons, and her husband supports her so that she can go to purchase the merchandise. The loan that she is requesting is for the purchase of merchandise such as clothing, linens, sheets, blankets, shoes, and various items which will expand her inventory so that she can offer more variety to her customers. She will purchase the merchandise in the city, to which she must travel for more than two hours by public transport in order to arrive at the place where she purchases the merchandise. She will use the rest to purchase sheeting and wood that she needs for the home that she is building with her husband on the land that her brother gave her. Carolina dreams of completing the construction of her house with her husband, so that she can live with her family in a home that is decent and safe. She also wants to continue supporting her children who are studying in the community school.