A loan of $1,500 helped to buy merchandise for her store.

Petruska Dolor's story

Señora Petruska is the mother of two daughters. Because of the need to support her family, she found it convenient to open a neighborhood store. She has had this business for four years, and this time has given her the opportunity to know about prices and which items to sell and where to obtain them, as well as customers and suppliers. Thanks to her relatives, she managed to stock her business using small loans. Nevertheless, she now sees that within her earnings she also has a margin for her savings, and for this reason she wants to obtain a loan to stock the store better and have better earnings, and with time save for an anticrético [a Bolivian rental agreement in which the rent is paid up front]. She now lives in the house of relatives who gave her shelter for her daughters, but as the girls grow, they will need more space. Señora Petruska also makes pastries and homemade bread, which are also greatly sought after by her neighbors. She says that every day she has to get up very early to satisfy the needs of her customers, since there is also a store very close by with which she has quite a bit of competition, so she sees that if the other store is not open, she has better opportunities for her sales.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry

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