A loan of $1,200 helped to buy merchandise such as blouses, shorts, bathing suits, hats, skirts, and glasses.

María Eugenia's story

María Eugenia
600,000 CRC

María Eugenia is a 39-year-old married woman who lives with her three children. One goes to secondary school, one goes to primary school, and the youngest is in kindergarten. María Eugenia's husband has occasional work in the construction industry. Ten years ago, before they had their current business, they would buy dozens of hats and sell them in downtown Puntarenas. Once they saw that this worked, they repeated the cycle until getting to where they are today, with an established sales location in the center of this same city. They now sell clothes, sandals, hats, perfumes, and other items according to the season.

María Eugenia gets daily earnings from her sales, and she saves and pays her suppliers in cash, which demonstrates that she has a good capacity for managing money. She has an established business and stable sales.

This business has allowed María Eugenia and her husband to buy a plot of land, and they are currently building their home. María Eugenia's desire is to continue to support her children in their education, and to finish construction on her home, which is very far along.

María Eugenia would like to use this loan to increase the merchandise that she can offer to her customers during the high season. She will buy this merchandise in cash, getting better prices from her suppliers in this way. She sells men's, women's, and children's clothing. As the end of the year approaches, she would like to acquire stylish inventory for the business, since the summer season is very important.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Aesclinn Donohue

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