A loan of $775 helped to buy rice, sugar, sausages, canned goods and other consumer staples.

Nancy's story

In Quiroga parish in the city of Calceta, a place where people work mainly in agriculture and livestock production, the communal bank "Quiroga" meets every 15 days.

Nancy is the founding member of the bank, and she likes it because of the benefits provided by the institution, since she and her friends have been able to make progress with their businesses with the loans that they have been able to take. Nancy is 45 years old, married and has 3 grown children, but two of them still live in her house. Her husband is a farmer.

She has a small grocery store in her house, where she sells consumer staples as well as some medicines, general merchandise, stationery, telephone cards and other items. She works every day from 6am until 8pm, and at times until even later. She buys her products in Calceta and has others shipped to her store. She also prepares and sells bags of frozen fruit juice that her customers have a taste for. She tells us that she has had her business for more than 15 years, and that it has always done very well, since she offers a great variety of products to her customers.

This loan will be used to increase the supply of merchandise in her store. She will buy: rice, sugar, sausages, cooking oil, fruit, canned goods and other consumer staples. Her dream is to have a big store in the center of Calceta.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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