A loan of $1,200 helped to buy clothes, footwear, and jewellery, etc.

Mariana Alejandrina's story

In the city of Santa Ana, known for its beautiful scenery and fresh water hot springs which are very popular with tourists, the members of the Nueva Esperanza [New Hope] communal bank meet every two weeks.

Mariana lives here. She is 61 years old. Her husband died several years ago. They had three children, who are all grown up now, though one child still lives at home with her.

To get ahead in life, especially after the death of her husband, Mariana sells all kinds of clothes, footwear, jewellery and miscellaneous items. She goes to work every day at a small stall in the city centre. A lot of traders sell their products in this area. She works every day from 8 in the morning to 6 in the evening. She sells more at the weekends, as this is when county fairs are held and a lot of people travel to town from the country to sell their food goods and to buy supplies also. She has been running this business for more than 30 years. It has enabled her to keep going on her own and to provide the best for her children.

She will use this loan to buy more merchandise, such as clothes, footwear, jewellery, and other items that she sells.

She has been a member of this communal bank for more than 15 years. She likes it because the loans have allowed her to get ahead.

Her dream is to have a business premises.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Suzanne Carey

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