A loan of $750 helped to buy goods for her variety store and a welding machine for her husband.

Elisa's story

Elisa is 44 years old and married to Felix, who is a laborer, and they have four children ranging in age from 17 to 23.

Elisa has had her variety store for three years and has had a total of nine loans from ASHI, all of which helped her with her business and helped her to raise her family up from poverty. She paid them all back 100% and on time.

With 17,000 Pesos of this 35,000 Pesos loan, Elisa will be able to purchase groceries for her variety store. The remainder, she is planning to use for a welding machine for her husband's work and, with the little bit left, a fishing net so that they might start a fishing business too. It's very wise here to have more than one income, since weather and other factors affect businesses and Elisa has been working hard for years to be able to start to diversify her business.

Elisa’s dream is that, someday, her small store will become a bigger store but, more than anything, she wants good health for her family and education for their futures so they might not have to live in poverty.

Written by Sloane Berrent, Kiva Fellow

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