A loan of $1,000 helped to buy perfumes, cosmetics, creams, costume jewelry and wallets.

Kathy Gioconda's story

The 24th of May village is where the San José community bank meets. This area is known for its natural and beautiful scenery, for its traditional gastronomy, and for its hard-working and honest residents that primarily dedicate themselves to farming and raising animals.

This is where Katty lives. She is 38 years old and is in a common law marriage from which she has 4 children ages 17, 16, 14 and 6. The eldest studies at the university and the younger children are in school. Her husband is a teacher at the local school.

In addition to being a great homemaker she also works in commerce. She has a business selling wallets and Sayson products (beauty products, perfumes, and costume jewelry). She works everyday doing door to door sales. Also, her daughter helps with sales where she goes to school. She delivers her products on credit and charges every 15 days. She has done this business for more than a year and it is going quite well.

This loan is going to help her to buy perfumes, costume jewelry, cosmetics, creams and wallets. She has been in the community bank through four cycles and she likes the help that the loans have given her.

She is requesting another loan to buy more products and take advantage of the holiday season when she sells quite well. The loans have helped her very much since often she has not had the capital and the loans have helped her to continue in her business.

The loan helps her also in her family situation because with her earnings she has been gradually fixing up her home, and she can provide a better education for her children.

Her goal is to continue advancing her business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Dina Bach

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