A loan of $1,000 helped to buy more products for her store.

Sandra Beatriz's story

Sandra is 38 years old. She lives with her common law husband in the village of Chillanes in the Bolívar province. She has four children ranging from 11 months to 13 years old.

Sandra is a member of the rural ventanilla (rural loan group) Progreso Comunitario, located two hours from Chillanes. There are 11 members total, the majority of whom cultivate cocoa or have their own small businesses.

Sandra has a general store that sells rice, pasta, and other food. She purchases her products from Mata de Cacao every eight days, which is one hour from her community.

She is requesting a loan in order to increase the variety of products in her store. With the support of the loan she wants to invest and buy more things, helping her family's economic state. Her dream is to have a large and steady store and for all of her children to go to school. She is challenged because sometimes people pay on credit and never give her the money.

She does not have free time because she works from 6:00 in the morning until 8:30 at night every day. If she doesn't work, she won't sell her products.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Laurie Paguio

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