A loan of $950 helped to purchase more merchandise (groceries, sweets, and soft drinks among other items).


Clotilde Isabel's story

Clotilde is a very hardworking woman. She lives in Ica, a city characterized by its year-round warm climate and which is also known for Huacachina Lake, considered to be America's Oasis. Clotilde learned from a very early age what it is to earn one's daily bread by the sweat of one's brow, since she had to work as a child helping her parents as they had very few economic resources. Clotilde currently devotes herself to selling soft drinks, sweets and groceries. She works very hard and devotes herself to her labors around eight hours a day. She believes things are going well for her in her business because she serves her customers with a great deal of respect and kindness, and so they always return to her business. Clotilde is very happy with the help provided by the Kiva lenders since, thanks to their support, she will be able to purchase more merchandise for her business (groceries and sweets). Thus she will much improve her income, improving her quality of life and allowing her to continue saving in order to achieve her greatest dream: To finish building her home.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Meg Wolfe-Roberts



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