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

Diana Estela's story

Diana, 24, is married and has a four-month-old son. She and her grandmother have been merchants for five years. Her mother remarried and left home which is why Diana lives with her grandmother and her husband. She and her husband set up a grocery store that they try to stock every day because they want to provide good customer service. To buy products for their store, she must travel to the city and to do so she first walks for half an hour to catch a bus that takes her to the city; it takes 40 minutes to get there and then she has to make the return trip home.

Part of the loan she’s asking Fundación Campo for is to buy a quintal of beans, a quintal of sugar, a quintal of rice, two large jugs of oil, three boxes of soap, RInso [brand of detergent] and lye and the other part is to install electricity at home. Diana currently transfers electricity from her grandmother’s house to hers but the ideal thing is for her to have her own. She will also buy more products because customers demand more things every day to better meet their needs. Her goal is to save up to buy a lot to build a house because where she lives now belongs to a relative. On the other hand, she hopes her business will prosper so that her neighbors won’t have to travel to the city seeking products but will be able to buy them in her store. All her efforts are aimed exclusively at providing her son with food, health, clothing and education.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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