A loan of $1,550 helped to buy clothing.

Brigida's story

60-year-old Brigida is married to 65-year-old Eusebio, with whom she has four children. She owns her own home which, through many years of hard work and effort on her part, she has managed to build from solid materials.

Brigida describes herself as a woman with a great capacity for work and, as such, when she found herself unemployed and needing to provide for her household, she responded to encouragement from her husband and used a little money they had saved up to open a stall in a small local market in her town.

Brigida says that she chose her business because it is a simple one and because the merchandise is not perishable unlike that which is sold in other businesses. In addition, it is a business that allows her to make many friends while she sells her products, which she buys wholesale in the city of Lima. She makes a monthly trip to the city in order to stock her business.

Over the years, Brigida hopes to save up enough money to open a store in another location in her town so that she can better serve her loyal customers, who are mainly farmers. On this occasion, Brigida needs to borrow 4,000 soles so that she can buy a consignment of clothes which includes pants (trousers), blouses, polo shirts and school uniforms.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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