A loan of $725 helped to buy merchandise, clothes, cosmetics and others.

María Lizbeth's story

María Lizbeth
Catalogue Sales

María Lizbeth, 38, lives in the community of San Pedro de Poas, a place located on the skirts of the volcano of the same name. She has worked with Banco Mujer’s “Emprendedoras de Chilamate” communal bank in the past but on this occasion to support her new activity she’s opting for an individual loan. She lives with her husband and two minor children who attend elementary and secondary school.

She rises very early to prepare her husband’s food for work and send her son to school. Then she does her housework and in the afternoon she sells via catalogue and collects payments; she also picks up merchandise.

Her main activity is catalogue sales and with profits from this business she’s been buying other catalogue products. This activity of selling in the community produces additional household income. In face of the success she’s had, she wants to invest this loan to expand the range of products she has to offer her customers.

Among her goals is to become organized enough to have a larger, more stable business because one of her weaknesses is the area of marketing. She wants to negotiate her contracts better to earn higher income for her family. To date her business has been going very well.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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