A loan of $600 helped to purchase merchandise.

Leila Maria's story

Ms. Leila is a 52-year old woman. She lives with her husband, and has two grown children. Her daughter lives in the rear portion of the house, with her husband and children. Ms. Leila is a very hard-working, responsible, and honorable woman, with great goals for the future. This is the first loan that she has requested since she dedicated herself to commerce.

She started in sales about 20 years ago, with working capital of 5,000 colones borrowed by her husband, with which she bought 5-dozen pairs of socks. Her reason for doing this was that her husband worked in construction and had become unemployed; therefore she made the decision to go into sales in order to help the family get ahead.

The client requests credit to invest into merchandise such as clothing, shoes, perfumes, socks, and everything she might be able to sell. She states that it is a very profitable business because the customer base is solid, and has been for 20 years. The loan will help her cover her needs for the month of December, as it is a good month with a lot of demand. Ms. Leila says that her goal is to open several branches of her business in various sectors of Coronada, since in this area there are no stores or bazaars.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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