A loan of $800 helped to sell products from two catalogs; Zermat and Nataly Princess. She wants to acquire merchandise and count on working capital for the busy season.

Lesbia's story

Lesbia is 30 years old, is Nicaraguan and lives in the region of Sarapiqui in Costa Rica's Northern Zone with her husband and 10 year old child. This is the third loan she has requested through Fundación Mujer (The Foundation for Women). She wants to invest in merchandise for the busy season in order to increase her inventory prior to the orders of that period.

She sells underclothes and household goods from a catalog. She wants to maintain her financial independence and work at home with her ​​husband who works in construction in the same area. She is providing support for her child in his studies; he is currently attending primary school and she pays for computer classes. They live in a humble way, so her work helps pay for a better quality of life for the family. One of her dreams is to be able to buy a computer so she can continue to improve herself.

Lesbia is a hard-working woman who is responsible about her home and her commitments. As for her business, she has established a significant number of customers who buy regularly, and who pay for their orders in two monthly payments. She started her business 4 years ago with a hundred dollars given to her by her husband. Following that, in 2007 she took a loan through Fundación Mujer in the amount of 350,000 colones which she paid back without a hitch. She wants to refinance to purchase merchandise from the catalogs from which she sells.

She works on credit with her customers who pay her each month in two installments every two weeks. She pays her bills in cash and at this time wants to invest in a major purchase to cover her orders for the season.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Arabella Pollack

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