A loan of $1,000 helped for improvements to her home.

Isabel Paula's story

Isabel is 54 years old. She lives in the city of Ica which is characterized by its hot climate and by its agricultural development, especially the cultivation of cotton, paprika, and grapes, among others. Isabel has faced hard tests in life and some years ago she was left a widow and it was a great loss for her as she loved her husband very much. But, she found strength and decided not to be defeated and to move ahead. With much dedication and saving, Isabel was able to start her business selling moisturizers. She gets up very early in order to work as she mostly sells to people who go to work on the farms. She believes that she has done well with her business because she attends to her customers in a kind way and because she has an angel who has never abandoned her and that this is her husband.
Isabel is very grateful to the Kiva lenders as, thanks to the help that they have offered, she will be able to improve her home by repairing cracked walls, improving the roof, and other tasks. In this way she will be able to improve her quality of life and keep fighting to be able to realize her greatest dream: to have a better quality of life and to be a successful businesswoman.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alison Hynd

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