A loan of $1,000 helped to buy rice, sugar, oil, detergent, school supplies, consumer products, and other staples.

Luisa Andina's story

In the beautiful city of Bahía de Caraquez, known for its beautiful beaches, for its rich and varied cuisine and for the warmth of its people, the communal bank Sociedad de Bahía meets twice a month.

Here we meet Luisa, who is 54 years old and has a relationship from which she has three children, all of them independent adults. Her husband is a businessman.

Our friend and her husband have a grocery store in the local market. There they sell all types of products such as rice, sugar, oils, detergents, vegetables, fruits, and other consumer products and stationery, ice creams, cards and telephone recharges. They work from 6:00AM until 6:00PM. In the evenings she also sells Yanbal (beauty products, cosmetics, perfume, and accessories for women). She has been working more than 30 years in her store and this is the reason she is well known and has a big clientele base.

This loan is going to be used to supply her store. She is going to buy rice, sugar, oil, detergents, school products, consumer products, among other staples. She has been with the communal bank since its beginning and she likes it because the loans have made things easier.

Her goal is to get ahead in her business and that her store grows every day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand

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