A loan of $875 helped invest more in her business.

Brenda Aracely's story

Brenda Aracely C. P. is an embroiderer. She learned the craft from her mother starting when she was 14 years old. With her embroidery work, she was able to pay her way through school and received a license to teach primary school. She is married and has a three-year-old son. In addition to embroidery, she also started selling chickens that she butchers herself. She gets up at 4:30 in the morning to butcher the chickens, and someone else helps her sell them, since she goes off to work as a teacher in the mornings and in the afternoons works at her embroidery.

She's a young, enterprising woman with many dreams for her little son. She's been a member of the Banco de Confianza for three years, but now she needs more funds in order to keep working. She reports that the village bank has helped her a lot and been a great support for her family. Her dream for the future -- as well as a challenge -- is to open an Internet café in her home, since it's near the local school and they don't already have this service locally. In addition to being an opportunity to be better off financially, it would also offer a service to her community.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Andrea Rosenberg

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