A loan of $1,200 helped to purchase cosmetics, undergarments and handbags via catalog.


Carmen Elena's story

Carmen Elena lives in southern Costa Rica, specifically in the province of Puntarenas, town of Golfito, district of Guaycara. This area is known for a low standard of living with few employment opportunities for women, who take matters into their own hands by working for themselves. Many sell different items via catalog, such as undergarments, cosmetics, handbags, jewelry, etc., using a system of selling on credit. This loan will replenish Carmen's working capital, and she plans to use it to buy the same things that she sells to her customers and that they continue to demand, so she already has a market for products. One of her goals is to make some improvements to her home, which is provided by the Costa Rican government but has minimal amenities. Many people of limited resources who would otherwise not have access to a dignified home benefit greatly from this program.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein



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