A loan of $1,175 helped to make the necessary improvements to her home.

Irene Esperanza's story

Irene is a small-scale businesswoman and a customer of Kubo Financiero and this is her story:

Irene is 26 and lives with her common-law husband. She has two children. She has worked in commerce for 10 years, starting by helping her grandmother, who sold sweets, toys and stationery outside a primary school, and then 3 years ago she started up her own food business. Irene has a low-cost kitchen, which she started with her cousin, but he could not handle the pace of the work, which meant she ended up looking after it on her own. She also has some pay toilets inside the market, and she charges for their use.

Irene is asking for this loan to make some improvements to her home and to have a better qualify of life for her family. Thanks to the effort she puts into her work, she has succeeded in enjoying economic stability with her family, without having to worry about giving her children food and providing them with an education.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sharon Rees

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