A loan of $1,050 helped to buy supplies in bulk, such as dairy products, cookies, eggs, grains and cleaning products.


Gilma's story

Gilma, 65, has three children. Unfortunately, she became a widow some years ago. She worked all her life for different companies in the clothing industry. When she retired, she started a business with the intention to continue generating income to cover the home expenses and to have an activity that would make her feel busy and useful. She opened a grocery store at home. She works Monday to Sunday; she has many customers and makes the most of her location in a residential area. Gilma is a persistent and hardworking woman. She says that her age is not an obstacle for her to continue working. Besides, she is passionate about her job and feeling useful makes her enjoy life more. She is requesting a loan to buy supplies in bulk (dairy products, cookies, eggs, grains, cleaning products, etc.). This way, she will have a wider variety to offer her customers and satisfy their needs and tastes. This will result in more sales and a better income, which will help her cover her monthly expenses. She will also be able to continue working with her business and to improve its reputation. A higher income means well-being and better living conditions for her.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Santiago Mejía Dugand



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