A loan of $275 helped to stock her business with products like basic grains, lard, sausages, flour, and eggs, etc. She will use the other part to buy clothes to sell.

Reina Isabel's story

Reyna Isabel, age 39, is married and has two children. The children are 5 and 12, and they go to school. She lives in the La Esperanza village in Tela.

Two years ago Reyna established her own business, which is a grocery store selling food products like rice, beans, flour, lard, eggs, soft drinks, sausages, and condiments, etc. She previously worked as a nurse in a hospital, but she did not get enough income. Therefore, she decided on this business. She tends to her customers well, and the store is open 15 hours a day every day.

She has kept the store stocked since she started to request loans. She has obtained income that allows her to support her children’s education. She is currently requesting her seventh loan. She will use it to stock her business with basic grains, sausages, soft drinks, and clothes to sell.

Her goal is to start a clothing business and to be able to generate other income to financially support her household.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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