A loan of $625 helped to buy personal hygiene products like toothpaste, and ingredients to make sancochos and wheat flour products.

Gregoria's story

Gregoria, 48, lives in the south of the city with her partner and her 20-year-old daughter. She hopes to see her daughter become a successful professional and this is what pushed her forward in her day to day life. Gregoria earns money for her household through a business in which she prepares and sells natural juices, soft drinks, candy, and fried foods. She also sells a variety of merchandise, like personal hygiene products, soaps, creams, disposable products, towels, tablecloths, etc. She sells for cash, working every day of the week. Her customers are mainly shopkeepers and residents of the neighborhood where she lives. Increasing her sales in the upcoming holiday season at the end of the year is proving to be a challenge. She doesn't have enough working capital to increase her inventory and earn more income, taking advantage of the season.

This is why she is resorting to a Kiva loan, with which she will buy personal hygiene products, like toothpaste, and ingredients to make sancochos (a traditional stew) and foods made with wheat flour, like arepas and empanadas, etc. With this investment, she plans to expend her sales and make more money than she usually makes at other times during the year. Her markets are the stores, workers, and patients in a nearby hospital. This is in addition to her neighbors, who like the products that Gregoria sells and buy them consistently.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Caitlin Jones

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