A loan of $1,100 helped to buy food products.

Lelis Teresilda's story

The 'San Pedro De Pueblo Nuevo' community bank meets once every two weeks in Pueblo Nuevo parish, in Santa Ana canton. The locals are decent people who earn a living by farming and raising livestock. The people are friendly and the countryside is beautiful.

This is where Lelis lives. Lelis is 47 years old, lives with her partner, and has three children from her relationship. Two of her children are already adults but her youngest [daughter] is 15 years old, attends school, and still lives with her parents. Lelis' husband is a farmer.

Lelis has a small grocery store in her home which has been a great help to her as her husband doesn't earn a lot of money from his farm work and sometimes only grows enough to feed the farmyard animals that they keep. In addition to basic food products, Lelis also sells drinks, iced treats, fruit, vegetables and other miscellaneous items in her store. She works every day but makes most of her sales on the weekend as this is when people come from the fields to stock up with food to eat during the week. Lelis has been in her business for more than 12 years and it allows her to cover her household expenses.

Lelis will use this loan to buy basic food products so that she can further stock her store. She has been a member of her community bank for four loan cycles and likes it because of the loans which have allowed her to improve her store.

Lelis' dream is to continue expanding her business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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