A loan of $4,175 helped to buy accessories, decorative items, sweets, greeting cards, and other items to sell in her store.


Alba Ruth's story

Alba is a 45-year-old single mother who has been able to forge ahead with her two children with great effort and dedication. She is known in her trade for her friendliness and her perseverance in her work day after day. As a result, she has been able to move forward and overcome the obstacles that she has encountered along they way.

Throughout her productive life, Alba has worked as an employee at different stores in the town where she lives. This was how she gained the experience and knowledge that is necessary for managing retail businesses. For this reason, she became independent and started her own variety store where she offers household decorations, personal accessories, sweets, materials and supplies for making accessories, religious articles, and gifts for all occasions. In addition, Alba provides services such as clothing repair. This includes putting on zippers, attaching tags, and hemming trousers and jeans. As a result, she is able to generate extra income for meeting basic household needs.

Alba says that her main goal is to strengthen and expand her business. For this reason, she works tirelessly to accomplish her mission and is constantly looking at different alternatives that will help her continue advancing. Obtaining a loan is an opportunity to make her goal possible. The money will be used to buy inventory in bulk such as accessories, decorative items, sweets, greeting cards, and other items. Since she will be able to restock, Alba can satisfy the demands and tastes of her customers. This will lead to increased sales and eventually more income that will give Alba the ability to provide a better quality of life and improved well-being for her family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica



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