A loan of $1,200 helped to purchase cosmetics, underwear, and clothing.

María Matilde's story

María Matilde is a 35 year old woman who lives with her husband in a house provided by the Palma Tica Company, her husband's employer. They only pay electricity and they will have to pay the water bill in the future. She has developed a business out of her house, where she orders the merchandise, transfers the money, and the packaged order is sent to her at home.

She lives in the provice of Puntarenas, in the county and district of Corredores, in the sector Coto 47. This is an area characterized by large expanses of terrain cultivated by Palma Aceitera (palm oil), which is is produced in the area via a cooperative. The cooperative offers work to women; however, it is not sufficient to satisfy the need for paid female work in the area.

Her business activities consist of selling catalog articles to women, who work in the cooperative that processes the palm oil, as well as the wives of workers in the surrounding farms. She will use this loan for the purchase of catalog merchandise such as cosmetics, women's underwear, as well as women's clothing.

Amongst her future plans Matilde would like to finish high school and continue her studies either at a university or tecnical school. Currently she is in the eighth grade in high school and she can only take classes on Saturdays so that it does not interrupt her business activities.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hannah Naomi Katz

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