A loan of $1,075 helped to buy fruits and vegetables.

Alejandra Eduvis's story

The Mujeres Unidas lending group meets every two weeks in the Jipijapa settlement, known as the Coffee Sultan because of its extensive coffee crops with a unique flavor, for its food, and for the warmth of its people.

Alejandra lives here. She is 77 years old, married, and has seven adult children; two of them still live at home. Her husband is a merchant.

Alejandra is a lady who, despite her age, has always liked working so she could help her husband get ahead. She has a food store in the local market where she sells all types of personal products such as fruits and vegetables and her daughters help her when she can’t be there, but generally she is always there because she has fun and gets to be near her husband, who also has a fruit and vegetable stand in the same market. She has had her business for more than 16 years, which she started with one of the loans she got from the institution.

She will use the money from this loan to stock her store with food, fruit, and vegetables. She has been with the lending group for 17 years and she likes it because she was able to start her business with one of the loans. Her dream are to have her own shop and not have to pay rent, which eats up part of her profits.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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