A loan of $725 helped to purchase construction materials such as stone, sand, cement and metal to build a porch.

Ana Maria's story

Ana Maria, together with her husband, dedicates herself to the business of furniture upholstery. Both have worked hard to make improvements to their home and workshop. She is 49 years old and has three children; two are students, and one is working. She has a number of years managing the upholstery shop. Previously, she worked in the free trade zone where her husband worked in furniture repair. She quit her job, and with the liquidation was able to invest in lumber to generate more income by selling chairs, sofas, and fixing furniture. One challenge has been the high cost of lumber. Even the covers for this work are costly, forcing her to charge higher prices and therefore lose some sales.

With the previous loan, she managed to install a location at the front of her house where she could work under better conditions given she does not have a locale of her own. With this loan, she will be able to close up the porch and buy materials such as: stone, sand, cement, and metal. Enclosing the area will have an added benefit for the family as well as the business, as she hopes to capture more customers by offering high-quality workmanship and delivery of her products. Long-term plans include establishing a separate workshop for her enterprise through financing from additional loans.

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