A loan of $600 helped to buy merchandise.

Mayra's story

Mayra is requesting a loan for 300,000 Costa Rican colones. She lives in the "20 de Noviembre" neighborhood of Puntarenas, a place with a lot of poverty and social problems. She is 48 years old, and lives with her husband and daughter, who currently attends school. With effort and hard work, and with the support of Fundacion Mujer for more than 15 years, Mayra has managed to establish a customer base for her business selling clothing and personal items, which she sells door-to door. She has managed to give her daughters an education, acquire other goods, and along with her husband, who tends to a small grocery store, they have managed to get ahead.

The goal for this loan is to buy merchandise, mainly seasonal clothing, because in Costa Rica, Mother's Day is approaching (August 15), and so she doesn't want to miss the opportunity to change her products. Because of her experience and knowledge of the market, this is something that her customers look forward to with anticipation.

Mayra belongs to the communal bank "Mujer Creciendo Juntas," which has supported other women with loans for their businesses, but at her level, she needs to make a bigger investment in her small business.

Among her goals, the one that stands out is to get ahead so that her family can have a better future and improve their quality of life. She also wants to support her business so that it grows over time. At this time, her greatest difficulty has been the economy, and also the competition from the people who sell from catalogs. However, she has found support for her small business in this program, and with her experience she has managed to maintain a set of active customers who have good credit.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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