A loan of $1,200 helped to invest in supplies for her manicure/pedicure business, and to take training classes in this same line of work.


Traice's story

Traice is 28 years old. She now has a 4 month-old baby, and she lives with her husband, Greivin in her parents' home. She is an enterprising young woman who has a great desire to improve herself. She finished a university degree in physical therapy but, faced with difficulty finding work, she is now working in a trade that she learned more than 10 years ago, offering manicures and pedicures. Now she is specializing in the art of artificial nails.

Tracie found out about Fundación Mujer through a visit to a Women's Office in the town of Puntarenas. Tracie lives in Carrizal district, in Puntarenas, on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. She has been training in the art of doing artificial nails and she wants to invest this loan in the purchase of supplies for this new endeavor, which should increase her income. She hopes to continue saving so that she can support her family and establish her own shop in the future.

She wants to provide her child with the opportunity to have a good quality life. In the morning, she takes care of her housework and, in the afternoon, either her customers start to arrive or she goes to visit them at home. With this loan, she will buy supplies for her business and continue to undergo training so that she can improve her service to her customers. The impact of this loan is of utmost important since it will give Tracie the opportunity to buy supplies and to support her family, saving up so that she can rent a house. Her repayment behavior is excellent and the references she has provided show her to be an honest and hard-working person.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar



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