A loan of $1,275 helped to invest in working capital and stock her business with merchandise such as cosmetics, pants, dresses, shorts, skirts, shirts, and underwear.

Ruth Del Socorro's story

Ruth del Socorro is a 32-year-old single mother with two children, ages 14 and 17. She is originally from the department of León, which is located in the west of the country. León is known for being a tourist area, a calm city with very friendly people. Ruth has made a living selling general merchandise for the past 10 years. Currently, the challenge and problem of her business is the lack of capital to invest in the business. Her business consists of selling various clothing items, such as cosmetics, pants, dresses, shorts, skirts, shirts, and underwear. In the photo, we can see Ruth with one of the types of products she offers, cosmetics.

Ruth del Socorro's daily routine is to go out and sell merchandise on the street for about 10 hours every day in order to reach both fixed and potential clients. She started her business due to a need for income to survive with her small children. Ruth has already worked with the foundation, and she has proved herself to be responsible by making her payments on time and in the right amounts. Ruth del Socorro is grateful for the help which Kiva investors give to people with limited resources, in order for them to have a decent livelihood in a country which sorely lacks job opportunities.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Volz

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