A loan of $1,025 helped to buy perfumes and to strengthen a new area in which she is working - hiring out table linen. Her loan will allow her to incorporate working capital into her business in order to improve her customer service.

Shirley's story

Shirley Marín C. is 33 years old. She studied up to her sixth year of elementary school. She lives with her young children, her husband and her dad. This is her third loan from Fundación Mujer. Shirley invested her previous loans in her business selling products through catalogs. At the same time, she runs a childcare facility in her home. She has displayed very good repayment behavior and has managed to improve her business, increasing her sales levels.

Shirley has been selling perfumes for more than five years, working from home. In the mornings, she looks after her house and starts to greet the children who she looks after in her childcare facility since their parents work in San José. She is in charge of sending them to school, looking after them and feeding them until their parents get home in the afternoon.

Some of Shirley's daily activities are visiting her customers, collecting orders and attending to her housework. One of her goals is to strengthen a new business hiring out table linen. However, her main goal with this loan is to strengthen her main business selling perfumes (she sells her products to the parents of the children that she looks after). She would also like to provide the children with a better service.

The benefits of this loan will be enormous since the loan will enable Shirley to grow as a small businesswoman and improve her family's living conditions.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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