Total loan: $2,075


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San Carlos, Pital, Provincia de Alajuela, Costa Rica / Clothing

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A loan helped to purchase of merchandise: men's, women's, and children's clothing.

Fatima's story

Fátima is the head of her household, a Nicaraguan mother of three children who are all minors, one of whom has a disability and has to remain under her care. For this reason, she started running a business out of her home which has lasted for more than ten years. It serves as a store and bazaar. She calls the store FlamCaleb, in honor of her children’s names. Here, she sells men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing, a venture she would like to strengthen. There are other products like perfumes and other housewares. Plus, she provides photocopying services, being that there is a school nearby. In the community where she lives, the closest population center is a number of kilometers away, which means the services she provides go to a large clientele within the Barrio Chino community. She has a vehicle with which she goes out to arrange merchandise and investments, accompanied by the child of hers who has a disability. She obtains her items from various distributors in Ciudad Quesada, and on occasion she goes to San José. They also visit her at her location. Fátima has an operating permit and business registration certificate, and she’s registered for tax purposes. She has also received training in business planning through Universidad Técnica Nacional. Regarding family income, she gets support from a pension for the son with a disability, as well as a grant for her youngest child, who goes to school. Her work helps her to earn weekly income, and for the arrangement of her merchandise and investments she also has the support of her daughter, who is in secondary school. She tends to the store when Fátima is away on business.