A loan of $900 helped to buy traditional clothing to increase her sales.

Lucia's story

Lucia is a 60 year-old woman who is married and lives in Suchitepéquez. She has 3 children: 1 man and 2 women who are all married.

In spite of her age, she wants to keep working with her husband so that they can improve the living conditions of their family. Lucia has a business selling traditional women's clothing of the type that is worn in her region. She carries out this business from her house, because her customers know her and they come to her house to buy.

She started in business 10 years ago, initially selling prepared food. This helped her to accumulate some capital. Later she got into the clothing business, because these products keep their value and leave her with good earnings.

During the current season she has seen the demand for traditional clothing increase, and so she is seeking a loan of 7,000 Guatemalan quetzales to buy more women's clothing so that she will have the variety, styles and sizes to satisfy her customers.

Lucia dreams in the future of continuing to expand her business, or perhaps of starting up another type of business to increase her family's income.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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