A loan of $1,000 helped to buy more clothing for the Mother's Day season.

Thelma Rubídia's story

Thelma, 47, is a widow and has three children. She has worked in retail with her sisters since she was very young. When she was a child she lost her parents, so her sisters raised her. She got married and had three children: two girls, ages 15 and 20, and a boy, 10.

She makes a living in retail and her husband worked with his own trucks. One day, though, he was assaulted and hit in the head, and he died from his injuries, leaving his wife and children. Since then she has worked every day with her sisters selling clothing from town to town. They taught her the art of retail and this is how she has gotten her children ahead in their studies.

To buy the clothing she goes to two places to make her purchases and pays for transportation, approximately 29 kilometers. She buys a variety of clothing such as shirts and pants for children, clothing for adults, and underwear.

The loan she's requesting from Fundación Campo is to stock more clothing for the Mother's Day season. She has clothing stored but she wants to invest this month and have more so she's able to satisfy her customers.

The loan will satisfy her need to grow in her business selling clothing. This way she'll be able to have economic stability and her children can be successful in the university as well as be able to live better.

She thinks the loan she'll request will improve her economic stability, because she makes a living selling clothing as well as funeral flowers. She also says that with more money her children will have a better opportunity to be able to continue studying.

She plans to continue working with the institution because it's her first loan. She says that in the future she hopes to buy a house in her neighborhood. She'll be able to realize that dream with a loan from Fundación Campo.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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