A loan of $800 helped to buy deodorants, soap, shampoo, conditioners, thread, sanitary towels, toothpaste, toothbrushes, candles, hairpins, hairbands, zips, soups, sugar, rice, butter, soft drinks, eggs, coffee, spaghetti, meat and dairy products.

Gilma Rubenia's story

Mrs Gilma R. has been in business for more than one year and her main activity is selling groceries. Her business operates under the name “Belem”. As well as selling groceries, she also sells new clothes and shoes. Her business is located in her home and she doesn't have any competition nearby.

Her business is well stocked and her customers find what they most need every day such as sugar, rice, soap, butter, soft drinks, eggs, coffee, spaghetti, meat, dairy products, etc...

Doña Gilma lives with her common-law husband who is a farmer since the district in which they live is the most productive in the country as it is located in Jamastran valley which used to be called the granary of Central America.

They have three children from their marriage. Two of them are in elementary school and the other is a baby who Gilma cares for.

Gilma will use her loan to buy merchandise to better stock her business. She will thereby have better sales and the profits she needs to cover her household expenses.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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