A loan of $800 helped to buy construction materials and to pay for labor.

Luzmida Lizbeth's story

Luzmida, 39, is married and has two children. She has sold handicrafts for three years.

Currently she sells in her mother's house because the space where she used to sell is in bad shape. She plans to improve it and continue selling, though. Before she became a merchant she only studied and helped with the housework. When she decided to get together with her partner, she had no other option than to make a living in sales to earn an income and cover her family necessities, because she didn't feel good about being with her mother and depending on her income.

The loan she's requesting from Fundación Campo is to buy four metal panels for the doors and windows, two sheets of corrugated metal for part of the roof, and seven pairs of hinges. She'll invest the rest of the loan in paying for skilled and unskilled labor.

This is how she plans to improve her space to continue with her business.

With the construction of her space she'll keep her merchandise organized and also have more space in her house to get together with her family and for the children to play. She'll also improve her income and have a better life with regard to household necessities, health, housing, education, and clothing.

She said that in the future, to improve her income, she wants to buy merchandise that she doesn't have right now in her business. Also, she and her life partner have been planning for several months to sell their automobile and buy a better one for transportation, because he's a fruit vendor.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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