A loan of $1,600 helped to buy stock merchandise for her store.

Ciria Eufemia's story

The “Quiroga” communal bank meets every two weeks in Quiroga Parish in the city of Calceta, a location where people for the most part work in agriculture, animal husbandry and selling their products. Ciria, 40, lives here. She’s married and has four children. One of them is an adult already and the other three are 16, 11 and 9 years of age. The older two attend secondary school and the youngest is in elementary school. All of them still live with her and her husband is a municipal employee.

Ciria has a store at home where she sells basic staples like rice, sugar, oil and detergent, among other things. She also sells certain kitchen items and stationery supplies she stocked recently and which are also producing good profits. She works every day from 6am until 9pm and sometimes even later. Her children help her when they aren’t busy with homework. She’s had the store for more than 13 years and used her initial loan to start it.

She’s going to use this loan to better stock her store. She will buy rice, sugar, oil, detergent and certain kitchen items. She’s been in the communal bank for more than 13 years and likes it because she started her business with her initial loan. Her goals are to stay in business so that it will grow more every day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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