A loan of $800 helped to stock her store.


Catalina's story

Catalina is 53 years old and is a very dedicated mother. She became a widow several years ago and since then she has been working to give her three children a good education. She has a wood framed house and sold food for many years because she had a good culinary touch, but it was a tough job so four years ago she decided to open a store where she could sell groceries and vegetables. Her business is located in the district market, thanks to a municipal expansion plan which provided space for her and other merchants in the zone. She works from early morning, getting constant support from her children whenever she needs to be absent. The sale of fresh vegetables and cereal grains in bulk provide a good income that benefits the family finances. She would like to have the capital she needs to buy vegetables, grains, and other groceries so that she will always have these items in stock. One of her main long term objectives is to buy some farmland where she plans to work and use that income toward her children’s education. They will begin higher education in a few years. This will be her fourth loan and has demonstrated to have a good record of payment. She is always on time with her payments at the group meeting and praises the good work that the board members do. She will use the 2,000 PEN to continue stocking her business with grains, vegetables, and groceries.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes


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