A loan of $700 helped to buy basic grains, rice, beans, oatmeal, sugar, bread, cosmetics and medicine.

Sonia's story

Sonia, who is 40 years old, is a humble resident of the district of Ceiba-Teustepe. She is married and studied through the sixth grade. She has five children, four of which she is caring for, who are studying in secondary school. She makes a living in sales, selling construction materials, which she has been doing for four years. She started this business with savings that her husband had. They started with a small inventory, and later with the support of financial institutions, they were able to invest more in the business by buying a truck to transport their products to other areas. But that was not good enough. Sonia's dream was to be independent and a great businesswoman, with motivation to open a second business.

Today, thanks to her efforts and her daily hard work, she has had a grocery store, which has been open for six months, which she runs out of her home. In her business she has the support of two of her children, who help her to sell the construction materials, while her daughter attends to the customers in the grocery store. Her husband works as a driver for a private company, to provide another source of income, and provide for the household expenses. Her goal is to increase business in the grocery store by adding new products.

She has requested a loan to buy basic grains, rice, beans, oatmeal, sugar, cosmetics and medicines, to be able to offer a variety of products. She believes that the loan will be of help to stock her grocery store, to attract more customers, and at the same time generating more profits. Her plans for the future include paying off her loan with the profits generated from the business, and to open her third business, which will be a small restaurant, because she is a person who is very driven to get ahead. She aspires to be one of the best business owners in the area. Her expectation is to maintain the businesses and to keep moving forward with her family and to have a better future.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tricia Kell

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