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A loan of $1,975 helped to buy equipment and a freezer for her food catering business.

Damaris's story

Damaris is 45, and lives with her husband and two children in the town of San Pedro de Poas, in Alajuela province, on the slopes of the Poas Volcano. She has a catering business, and has been serving at events for ten years.

With effort and dedication she has bought equipment, and works with the electrical appliances in her home. She has to rent some, in order to provide her service, given the cost this involves. She did the costing, and in January approached the National Bank branch in Poas; she didn't get a good response from this action, so she still didn't buy her equipment.

In February 2012, Fundación Mujer participated in a fair that took place in the community's park, and Damaris, accompanied to the fair by the Women's Office of this municipality, was given information about accessing loans through Kiva.

The loan will be used to buy equipment (trays and a tray holder) and also a freezer.

She does two to three events a week, mainly on weekends. In the morning, she arranges to buy ingredients for making the food. Depending on the size of the order, she does this in the afternoon for an event in the evening. If it is larger she makes the arrangements a day in advance.

The goals that stand out for her are to equip her business better, and to feel completed developed as a businesswoman--and that her contribution is improving her household circumstances.

Her main limitation is the lack of equipment and transport. But she hopes that with this opportunity to access credit, and by overcoming these obstacles, she will improve her business each day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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