A loan of $325 helped to buy milk, soft drinks, and to start up a grocery store business.

Carla Patricia's story

Carla is 35 years old, and is married with 2 children aged 7 and 9 years. Both of her children attend elementary school. Carla's first business was raising and selling pigs, an activity that she was involved in for 3 years because her parents were owners of a farm, and she always cared for and fed the animals. After her marriage she became a housewife, and now she sells milk, dairy products and soft drinks. Her husband helps her with the business, because in order to buy, sell or deliver the milk she has to transport it by motorcycle. Some of her customers come to the neighborhood where she lives in the city of Leon. Carla relies on the income her husband earns as a welder and bricklayer. Her greatest hope is to someday set up a grocery store in her house, because there are few in her neighborhood, and her milk business is only in the morning, which means that in the afternoons she would have the free time to tend to a grocery store. She is requesting a loan to buy milk, soft drinks and to start up her grocery store business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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