A loan of $1,500 helped to lay flooring in her home.

Ana Ruth's story

Ruth is 37 years old and has three children. From a very young age, she has been selling informally for a living. She married very young and as a result of that situation, she’s had to work to cover the household expenses. She has always engaged in activities like selling food and selling products by catalog. She lives with her three children and is a single mother who has struggled to get her children ahead. Her oldest daughter has graduated from high school and she is the one who helps with the housework.

The selling is done on an intermittent basis or whenever she is requested for food preparation. She visits the city to buy all the supplies and to be prepared to meet the needs.

The loan she is requesting from Fundación Campo is to lay flooring in her home. Currently, it is just cement, but she wants to lay a tile floor seeing as she plans to set up a small piñata shop there. She is familiar with this type of business, but for lack of a suitable place, she has not been able to set it up.

After remodeling her home, she will set up the business that she has always planned to have and with it offer a rare service, although it has demand from the community. She has always been looking at how to slowly improve her home and make it more and more beautiful.

While it is true that the main objective of the loan is to improve her home, by getting her business up and running, she will earn more income. She will also be providing a productive activity for her daughter, who will be her right-hand person in implementing this business.

When asking her about the plans she has for the future, she said she has always dreamed of having her own business and run it with her family. She also dreams of having a sustainable income so she can provide the legacy of education to her young children so that they can be useful people in the community.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Michelle Eddy

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