A loan of $1,100 helped to purchase ice creams, sodas, and livestock.

Flerida Aracely's story

The parish of Quiroga, in the city of Calceta, is a town where people are largely involved in agriculture, animal breeding and selling their products. The Communal Bank of Quiroga meets every fortnight.

Here we met Mrs. Flerida, 33, who is married with three children aged 12, 11 and one. The eldest two study at school. Her husband is a businessman.

She is taking this loan for her own business, and for her husband's business which is buying and selling cattle. Flerida has a place in her house from which she sells 'Penguin' ice cream, as well as sodas, juices and snacks. She has had her business for over 12 years, and through the use of loans she has been able to improve her business as time has gone by.

Flerida will invest her loan in buying more ice cream and sodas, and livestock for her husband's business. She has been a member of the communal bank for over 10 years and likes it because the loans have allowed her to improve her business.

Her dream is to have a premises in the center of the Calceta city.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Fiona Craig

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