A loan of $1,500 helped to buy five “quintales” (a quintal is about 100 pounds) of rice, five quintales of beans, five quintales of sugar, 25 cartons of eggs, household items, personal use items, detergents, toothpaste, soap, and a display case. She will also pay her providers.


Gladis Adelina's story

Gladis is 31 years old and single. For more than five years she has been selling basic needs products like basic grains, candy, soft drinks, sweet rolls, French bread, cleaning items, disinfectants, and personal use items, among others. She learned this business activity from her father, who taught her to work when she was young. When he went to the United States she stayed and is running the business. She sells the goods in her house, which is where she has the store. She sells to residents of her neighborhood and the surrounding area. She buys the items that she sells to the distributors who visit her. When they are done, she travels to the city, which is approximately one kilometer from her house, to buy and to stock her store. Gladis is requesting the loan from Fundación Campo to buy five “quintales” (a quintal is about 100 pounds) of rice, five quintales of beans, five quintales of sugar, 25 cartons of eggs, household items, personal use items, detergents, toothpaste, and soap, etc. She will also use the loan to buy a display case to show what she sells. She will also use the loan to pay her providers. With this investment she will be able to increase her inventory and meet the existing demand in the neighborhood. Her earnings will be greater because she will be selling more, and she will have a well-stocked store. She wishes to work very hard in the business and to have a larger place. This way she will completely dedicate herself to this business activity. With the income that she gets she has plans to build a room in order to become independent. She is currently living in her father’s house. Even though he told her that it was her house, she wishes to build something of her own.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish



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