A loan of $550 helped to stock her business with new clothes and perfume.

Elvia Argentina's story

Elvia Argentina is 65 years old. She has three children; ages 23, 32, and 40. Two of her children live in the United States. The other child lives with her and her two grandchildren, ages six and ten. The grandchildren are in school. She is a single mother, and she lives in the village of Terencio Sierra de Tela, Atlántida.

She sells women’s and children’s clothes, shoes, perfume, creams, and women’s accessories. She has had the business in her house for five years. She previously worked as a cook in hotels, restaurants, and markets. Then, one of her children started sending her small quantities of clothes and shoes from the United States. Upon seeing that they sold, she stocked up on more products. She now has customers who order from her. She works full time on Fridays and Saturdays because those are the days that her customers have money.

She has requested a loan from ODEF to buy new clothes and perfume. She will do this in order to have more stock for her business. Her plan is to get a place to establish her business. With the help from the loans and with her earnings she will manage to have her granddaughters complete their education.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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