A loan of $8,850 helped to purchase jewelry from Ecuador.

Leopoldina's story

Leopoldina says that the freedom of running her own business is therapeutic. Originally from Ecuador, she now lives in the Bronx, NY, with her thirteen-year-old daughter and seventy-year-old mother.

After many years as a factory worker, Leopoldina found a flexible job housekeeping. Eight years ago she decided to start her own business to earn extra income. She came to ACCION USA for a loan in 2002 to start her home-based jewelry sales business. As the mother of a special-needs daughter, running her home-based business allows Leopoldina more time to spend with her daughter.

Recently Leopoldina came to ACCION USA for a loan to purchase more inventory. With her loan she will purchase jewelry from her native country, Ecuador. She has been a long-time client of ACCION USA. She says that she is grateful to have a relationship with ACCION USA for so many years because she has improved her credit score and has been able to provide for her daughter.

Leopoldina is a skilled saleswoman who, despite the economic challenges, continues to prosper. She has seen everyone around her affected by the economic downturn; however she has been adamantly persisting in continuing her business. She loves the freedom it provides her.

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