A loan of $825 helped to buy lingerie at wholesale.


Ilsen Elizabeth's story

Ilsen, 21, has 2 children aged 4 and 8. She has a business selling a variety of underwear and lingerie. She has a stall located in one of the busiest areas in the city of Santa Cruz. This will be her 8th loan with the institution. Ilsen will use this loan to buy merchandise at wholesale for her business. The reason she is requesting a loan is that she lacks the capital to buy merchandise for her business.

Ilsen really likes the attention that we give her, and the way that Kiva works. Ilsen faces challenges in her business such as the competition. However, she never loses the drive to get ahead with her family. She will use the profits to buy more undergarments, as the end-of-year festivities are approaching which will mean more demand. This way, she can increase her income.

The only thing that Ilsen wants is for her children to advance in life and be healthy, because her main concern is for her family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar



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