A loan of $1,700 helped to buy stationery supplies, a display case and shelving to increase the variety of products she offers her customers.

Erika Vanessa's story

Érika is a 23-year-old woman, she lives in village in the Itagüí municipality and for the last six months she has been running her own business thanks to her brother's help. Her activity mainly focuses on selling stationery and other miscellaneous goods. Her ultimate dream is to expand her business and incorporate the sale of basic grocery goods given the demand from her customers.

She is deeply grateful to God for the opportunity and the present that she has been given, as it is thanks to her work that her two children, aged six and eight years old, that they will have the opportunity of attending school and complete primary schooling.

Today Érika is seeking a loan to buy a photocopier and goods, with the aim of increasing her sales and improving her family's living conditions.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Severine

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