A loan of $700 helped to invest in the purchase of merchandise and to purchase hens to expand her sales of eggs.

Iris's story

Sales by catalogue and eggs

Iris is 52 years old and she lives in the community of San Pedro de Poas. It is located in the immediate area around the volcano of the same name. She has worked with the communal bank named "Banco Mujer Emprendedoras de Chilamata" but at this time she has opted for an individual loan. She lives with her husband, a young son who is in primary school, and two grown children who are still in school and working at the same time and who contribute towards the household expenses. She starts her days very early in the morning, preparing the food for her husband and children for work and seeing her young son off to school. She starts collecting eggs and feeding the hens at around 8am. In the afternoons she carries out sales by catalogue, she also collects payments from their clients, and she picks up merchandise.

Her primary activity is sales by catalogue. With the earnings from this business she purchased egg-laying hens. This other activity gives her an additional income for her household, selling to the community. Given its success she wishes to invest this loan in increasing the number of hens to be able to offer her clients a larger quantity.

Among her goals is to be able to organize herself to have a larger and more stable business. One of her weaknesses is marketing. She wants to negotiate her contracts in a better way in order to obtain a better income for her family.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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