A loan of $1,075 helped to buy women's clothes to stock her inventory.

Blanca Ermel's story

Blanca, age 43, lives in the rural village of Peña Blanca. She lives with her husband, José, and their five children. The children are 27, 25, 20, 18, and 14 years old.

She has been selling women’s clothes for 20 years. She started her business by selling clothes in an itinerant manner. Later, the village rented a property for various businesses. However, there were administrative problems, and they were evicted. After negotiating once more, they managed, with help from the village, to have their businesses relocated to a public thoroughfare around the central park. Her business currently operates there, where she has built a wooden stall.

Blanca is very perseverant. She has requested five loans from ODEF. They have worked very well, and she now has a good customer base. Her income has increased, and this has allowed her business to grow. She has also been able to pay part of the educational expenses for her children. Her husband also supports her through his work as a driver for an electrical power company.

Her dream is to continue with the education of her two youngest children. She also dreams of, in the future, building her own place on the land where her house is.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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