A loan of $650 helped to purchase rice, sugar, flour, grains, snacks, sodas, waters, and canned food.

Ana Tomasa's story

Ana, 43, lives with her husband in a sector known as Paraíso de la Flor. Her husband, Francisco, has been working as a master builder for 11 years. Her children are all professional adults with their own families.

Ana has a grocery store located at home. She tells us that she started out selling snacks from a window in her house and gradually improved her economic situation so she opened the store. She currently has a well-stocked store where she sells basic staple items of daily consumption. She works Monday through Sunday all day. She comments that at the beginning it was difficult because she had to win over customers and competition is tough. She thanks God that she’s been well-received.

She tells us that what’s difficult about her work is transportation of merchandise. She has some suppliers that come to her store but she has to buy foodstuffs in the central market. Her husband helps her buy merchandise when he’s not working but then he focuses on his own activities.

She will use the loan to buy rice, sugar, flour, grains, snacks, colas, water, canned goods and foodstuffs. She hopes in future that her store will grow into a minimarket to thus be able to do some home improvements.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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