A loan of $800 helped to buy two horses that are needed to operate her extraction equipment.

Paola Andrea's story

Paola is 20-year-old woman who is single and has no children. She currently has a business of excavating and selling sand from a plot of land along the banks of the Magdalena River. Paola learned about this business when she worked for a quarry stone cooperative in the town where she lives. She has the help of one employee who does the physical labor. Paola already has contacts and established customers who buy her product. With the revenue she generates, she is able to pay her employee and support her household.

Paola is an enterprising, dedicated, and dynamic woman. She is requesting her first loan so that she can invest in the purchase of two horses that she needs to operate her extraction equipment. This will help streamline her production process and improve her earnings. Her dream is to continue her business and to save money toward the purchase of her own house where she can provide a better quality of life for her parents.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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