A loan of $1,000 helped to buy stock merchandise for her store and to buy ingredients to make traditional Costa Rican dishes.

Xenia's story

Grocery Store

Xenia lives in the 20 de Noviembre neighborhood in Puntarenas, a place of much poverty and social problems. She’s 45 years old and lives with her two children one of which is a minor. She has a grocery store and also makes traditional Costa Rican dishes like tamales and vigorón [pork rinds, cassava, cabbage and sauce] that she sells on weekends at home earning income to support her family since this is the household’s only source of income.

This loan’s purpose is to buy raw materials to make the dishes since it’s traditional for “Ticos” [Costa Ricans] to eat tamales during the Christmas season and also to buy merchandise to stock her store. She has more than ten years’ experience in these activities but economic problems push a person to seek support from institution like Fundación Mujer for special seasons and in this case she has worked with a group in the zone called “Banco Mujer Creciendo Juntas” that has supported other women with loans for their businesses.

Among her goals, getting ahead so her children and she can have a better future stands out as well as that they can study and to support her business so that it will grow more each day. For now, the greatest difficulty she faces is the economy but they have found that this program is a help for their micro businesses.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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