A loan of $1,200 helped to buy merchandise and expand her store.


Aurora's story

Aurora P. Montiel is a 23 year-old woman who lives with her grandmother in a community called Hernández in Los Chiles, in the Alajuela province. This is a community that is known for its mountainous areas and beautiful countryside; it is quite humid and is located along the highway that runs very close to the country’s northern border. Its main commercial activities are livestock production and farming, specifically staple grains, tubers and oranges. Aurora has stood out because she has always been a very enterprising young person. A few years ago she started her own grocery store business (a small grocery store) selling basic products to her neighbors from her own home. With this business she has managed to have a profitable economic activity that helps her to improve her quality of life and support her grandmother, who has been her mother and father all of her life. Currently she needs a loan of 654,000 Costa Rican colones to buy materials needed to expand her store, so that she can provide better service to her customers. She comments that the service that she provides is very important, since she has a lot of customers and so needs more space.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar



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