A loan of $1,000 helped to buy supplies.

Concepción Marina's story

Marina is 33 years old, married, and has three children. She has four years’ experience in her ice cream business and learned this trade on her own. Her parents were not able to provide her with an education so she could not get a job. She supports her family through her business and boards the bus at 5:00 am every day to go from her community to the city center. She arrives at her workplace where she makes the chocolate and then adds the ice cream to the cones, dips them in chocolate, and packages them up so that they are ready for when the salesmen arrive to pick them up. Her day ends at 4:00 pm, when she boards the bus to return home.

She started her business with few sales, but they grew and she rents a small shop where she runs her business and where the suppliers make their deliveries.

She is asking for this loan through Fundación Campo in order to increase her ice cream inventory and she also wants to buy some steers for about $600 to raise in a pasture. This way her children will also stay busy looking after the animals rather than thinking about bad things. She will sell the steers and receive extra income to support the family after some time.

She plans to save up to provide her children with an education so that they can become professionals and increase the size of her small home.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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