A loan of $350 helped purchase liquor such as cartabio and wine.

Ilda Rafaela's story

Ilda is a member of the Maria Elena Moyano Communal Bank.

She is living with her partner. She is 48 years old and has three children who are 26, 24, and 21 years old. They study and work.

Ilda began her business 10 years ago when she separated from her husband. Because of this very thing, she set up a store in her house, selling things that he had given her. To increase her earnings and be able to purchase more merchandise, she also sold breakfast out of her home and installed a PacMan video game.

Since she has been with Kiva partner Finca, learning to save money and handle her own finances, her revenue has increased with the help of the advice she received from the other members of her communal bank.

Ilda's dream is to buy a van for distributing her merchandise.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Olivia Shirley

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