A loan of $1,100 helped to pay for surgery on one of her eyes; otherwise, she may lose her sight.

Gloria Estela's story

Gloria is 62 and the single mother of four children. She married at age 18, gave birth to her four children at home, and was widowed at age 30. While her husband was alive, she tended to the household chores; however, after he died, she worked outside her home, washing and ironing, so that she could raise her children.

Being both mother and father and experiencing the bad luck of having her house destroyed by rains, she decided to apply for a loan. She used the loan to buy clothing to resell as a street vendor, work she has done now for 18 years. She continued renting with her children and slowly saving to build a new house, where she decided to set up a store and sell basic household items. She also sold coconut preserve as she traveled around selling clothing. Her store stayed open for four years, largely for the friendliness she showed her customers, but it never made a profit, and she had to close it.

She has applied to Fundacion Campo for a loan to pay for surgery on one of her eyes; otherwise, she may lose her sight. Her other eye is also affected and in danger, though her vision in that eye is a bit better. The loan will meet her need for eye surgery to repair her sight and avoid going blind. If the operation goes well, she will see normally and be able to keep working as long as God allows.

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