A loan of $1,200 helped to buy merchandise from her catalogues.

Elieth's story

Operation 2011-138
594000 colones

Elieth is an enterprising, hard working, 45-year-old mother living with her husband and two minor children. She sells clothes and basic need items via catalogue. She also has two sewing machines that she uses to make clothes that she sells to her relatives. In addition, she’s the Treasurer of her children’s school’s parent’s association, an unpaid position. A longstanding client of Fundación Mujer recommended her. She tends to her children in the morning and does her household chores and in the afternoons she tends to school-related activities and takes advantage of them to sell her products.

She lives in the San Rafael de Heredia zone in Costa Rica’s Central Valley. Her husband works in an orthopedic clinic and they are both supporting the nuclear family and wish to prosper and improve their economic situation.

Her main activity consists in catalogue sales. She is asking for this loan to pay cash for her merchandise so that she can offer her customers a better payment plan and increase her income this way because the firms she buys from don’t provide her with this service which forces her to purchase only what she has ready cash for. Another important situation is to reactivate her sewing machines buying raw materials to make lingerie that she sells to her relatives. She hopes to buy a machine, called cover, that produces a better finishing on garments.

The impact of the loan is highly important because it gives her the opportunity to buy merchandise and support her family which is of limited resources. According to her background check, her payment behavior is excellent and the recommendations she has show her to be an honest, hard working person.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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