A loan of $1,200 helped to purchase jewelry, clothing, bags, and exhibitors.

Laura's story

Laura is 35 years old. She is a hard-working person who is supported by a group from the Poas area. She has collaborated with people from her church, which is located in the same community. She lives with her husband and two children, who are in high school.

She has developed her business for five years, demonstrating organization and work in selling jewelry. Laura hopes to increase her business by having working capital to make the required investments during the times of the year where there is the most demand for her products.

She started with money that her husband lent her. In 2011, she and five women from a church in the Poas area formed a group to obtain a loan to invest in their products. They paid back that loan and she is continuing her business. She manages an important set of customers in public institutions and in the private sector. In her business, she offers credit facilities and invests every week. Her main interest for the loan, in addition to purchasing merchandise (clothing and bags), is to acquire exhibitors, since she is in the process of signing contracts with various businesses to offer their products and obtain payment through the solidarity associations. This is in the tax free area of Alajuela (business park).

She has a lot of experience with her business and her products have high turnover. She maintains contacts for sales and has a large set of customers. Also, as a small business, she is ready to enter other markets to improve her income and grow.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eileen Lloyd

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