A loan of $1,225 helped to buy basic bakery and pastry-making items and implements like a mixer, molds and other items.

Cecilia's story

Cecilia is a 45-year-old woman who lives in Coopevega, San Carlos in a rural area found in the north of the country. She is married and has three children. For four years she has made a living in baking and pastry-making from her house. She learned the business by taking courses and training in addition to the experience she gained with her family over many years.

She decided to maker her living in this business in order to improve her quality of life and that of her family. Additionally, this work makes her feel like an accomplished woman because she does not depend on her husband's income. He is a mechanic and works at a space adjoined to their home. She knows that at any moment, if the mechanic shop does not make enough money, she can use her income from her own business to cover any necessities that come up.

Cecilia has had an increase in demand at her business due to the fact that she is the only person in her area who makes a living doing this business. Her neighbors in the area are very satisfied with the products she sells, which is why they buy more and more. As she develops this business, Cecilia estimates that she can make an income of 150,000 colones per month. This will help her to invest more and more in her business. She hopes to expand her business more so that she will be able to take care of her family'a needs and her customers' demand.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Monica Wooters

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