A loan of $1,425 helped to buy the products that make up a family basket to stock her general store.

Erica Patricia's story

Erica is married and has a 5-year-old son to whom she wishes to offer access to a quality education in his life. Thanks to her long experience selling vegetables and knowledge of the business, she wants to open a general store in her house where she can generate income and help cover household expenses. Since her husband's income is insufficient to provide a good education for her son and a good quality of life, Erica is hoping that with this general store, their incomes will be able to cover greater costs.

For a long time, Erica has worked in this type of business -- work she had to abandon to care for her son. Nevertheless, she hopes that, with the general store located in her own house, she can care for her son while attending to business.

Her purpose for the loan is to buy the products she will need to stock the store. Erica hopes that the loan will allow her to purchase items normally found in a family basket and enable her to open her general store.

Erica wants the store to attract a large clientèle and enjoy very good sales, and as a result, provide a better quality of life in her home and greater economic opportunities.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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