A loan of $1,500 helped to build a house.

Elba's story

Elba is 25 years old. Right now she lives in her mother's house. She in single and was able to graduate from high school with a focus in humanities. She has a financial dependent, who is her young son. Her main economic activity is offering sewing services. She says that she does this for nearly the whole year for different sewing stores in the city of Cochabamba that sell different clothing. She makes curtains, blouses for women and other general items. At other times of the year, such as Mother's Day, July, September, and Christmas, Elba sells gifts such as stuffed animals, cards and other general gift items, which allows her to generate additional income. And finally, Elba wants to improve her and her son's quality of life and to do that she needs to ask for investment capital to do the finishings on her house that she built on her mother's property.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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