A loan of $1,450 helped buy lubricants and accessories for vehicles.

Marielisa Viviana's story

The “Mujeres Progresista” (Progressive Women) Communal Bank reunites every 15 days in the canton of Jipijapa, a canton known for being the sultan of coffee, because of its extensive coffee crops of incomparable flavor, and for its gastronomy and warmheartedness of its inhabitants.

This is where we met Marielisa, 33. She’s a married mother of two children, one 10 year old who goes to school and a 9 month old. Her husband is an automotive mechanic.

In order to earn on her own and not have to depend on her husband for her expenses, four years ago she started a retail business selling lubricants and accessories for vehicles in her house. Her business has been going well and she takes advantage of the fact that her husband’s garage is right next door and his clients buy from her when they need parts or lubricants. She tells us that she can tend to her business without having to leave her children or her house.

She is requesting this loan to buy more lubricants and accessories for vehicles that she needs. She’s been with the Communal Bank for three years and enjoys it because with the previous loan, her business has improved greatly.

Her dream is to have her own car and for her business to improve.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Beatriz Yuste

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