A loan of $1,200 helped to buy supplies and improve sales.

Giovana Lizette's story

Ms. Giovana is a very enterprising woman who began working at the age of seven helping her mother sell softdrinks. With time she took over responsibility for her mother's business selling "api" (Andean breakfast drink) with cakes and pastry. Previously she worked with the Manos Unidas communal bank where she began with a minimal amount. For two years she has been working with an individual loan and making payments on time.

Giovana also has a stall in the city's Christmas Fair in the the city of La Paz where she can make an additional income. Now she works in the afternoon and studies at the university in the morning. She wants to become totally independent and help her mother retire. She lives with her mother and helps out with household expenses. The requested loan is to buy quinoa, white flour, sugar and oil at wholesale prices and also wants to buy a sign and furniture for her business. Her dream is of a better future for herself, her younger sister and her mother.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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