A loan of $775 helped to buy shirts and blouses.

Elisa's story

Since Elsa was widowed ten years ago she’s been mother and father to her four children; she met this dual role despite difficulties. Today, they are the greatest emotional support she has. One of them is already independent and helps her with the younger ones who are still school age. They live in an adobe house and her long-term goal is to build it with cement and bricks.

There was a time when she worked doing agricultural work in the fields and managed to save up some capital reaching one of her goals which was to sell clothes; she’s now been doing this for two years. It’s a business that requires her to move from place to place and that’s what she likes best because she gets to meet many people and go through experiences that motivate her to work. Among her best-selling items are shirts and blouses; demand for them is on the rise and since she’s a good judge of taste she often sells out all her merchandise. This motivates her to continue developing and acquiring larger amounts of clothes at wholesale. One of her objectives is to open a clothing store at home in order to grow as a merchant.

She left her son Edwin in charge of her fields and to date he works them and gives them the necessary attention so that they can support the younger children whose higher education activities require much support.

This is her 15th loan and she feels committed and grateful for the trust placed in her. At the same time, she’s grateful to her fellow communal bank members who advise her and inform her on points related to her loan so she feels confident and sure about her investments. She will use the granted 2,000 soles to buy clothing at wholesale among which blouses and shirts will be prominent.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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