A loan of $1,100 helped to purchase basic staples for her grocery store.

Alicia Guillermina's story

Ms. Alicia is a member of the communal bank Yanbal. She lives near the Molleturo zone, a place where people devote themselves to raising animals and growing crops, and to business. They are persons who maintain their culture and traditions, being very friendly and charismatic.

Ms. Alicia, 24, is married and from her conjugal union she has conceived two children, 8 and 6 years of age, who attend a small elementary school in the area. Her husband is a professional driver and hauls freight in a small truck. The house where they live is their own property.

Doña Alicia devotes herself to running the store which she has had for two years. She works from Sunday to Sunday from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. She also raises pigs, chickens and guinea pigs which she sells in her own community.

In the communal bank she is on her second loan. She was invited by her sister-in-law to join this group. She is going to invest the money from the loan in basic staples to sell in her shop.

Her goal is that her store would be bigger and have a greater variety of products.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Meg Wolfe-Roberts

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