A loan of $1,700 helped to build her store of adobe and cement.

Paula Eugenia's story

Paula, 33, asserts that her family is her biggest blessing. For five years she has had a shop where she makes photocopies and printouts and sells accessories. Her husband has been unemployed for six months, so this woman has had to take charge of the household and pay for her 11-year-old child's education.

Her biggest difficulty is the theft of merchandise that she has been subject to for several months because her business doesn't have basic security standards. Her store is built of wood, which makes it more vulnerable.

This is why Paula's requesting a loan to make improvements to her space and build her business of adobe and cement materials. This way it will be more pleasing to the public. She's also convinced that her income will improve, allowing her to get a better quality of life for herself and her family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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