A loan of $1,575 helped to buy rice, sugar, food staples, detergents, grains, and other household items.

America Del Rocio's story

América is 35 years old and lives in Isla Trinitaria; she is the mother of four children, who study at the public school in her area. In her home, América has a grocery store stocked with provisions where she sells rice, sugar, other staple goods, detergents, grains, and household products. She inherited the store from her parents who taught her from a young age to do this work which she has always enjoyed. Apart from this, she has always liked this work because she has control over her time and is also able to devote herself to the care of her children.

This business is something that she works at alone, without help, because it doesn't generate enough income to be able to afford another employee. She works throughout the day there, since she prefers as much as possible not to close, since she could lose a potential customer during the time she is not open and that wouldn't be starting out with good service. With the loan she is asking for, she will buy products to restock her business, gain people's attention, and result in a greater customer base. In the future, América would like to have a larger business and a house that has all the amenities.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Mount

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