A loan of $2,000 helped to buy perfume, clothing and appliances.

Mercedes's story

Mercedes is happy and hard-working. She lives in San Francisco, Heredia. She is one of the longest standing clients of Fundación Mujer at more than 18 years. Born in Nicaragua, Mercedes got her first loan not long after she emigrated to Costa Rica. She left Nicaragua in 1990 because of the extensive damage caused by the war against the Contras in the decade of 1980. She felt that she had no opportunity in Nicaragua.

Mercedes is very proud of the success she has had in Costa Rica. She will use the loan to buy perfumes, clothing and appliances in Panama. The products can be bought at low prices in Panama and then sold at a good profit in Costa Rica. She really enjoys going out in the street to sell her goods. Her business is doing really well right now, she has not had any problems recently. She hopes to pay off her loan ahead of schedule.

With the profits from her business she has managed to repair and expand her house. She has added on another bedroom, a large living room and a kitchen amongst other improvements. Mercedes was recently widowed and actually lives with one of her daughters and two young grandchildren. She is happy with her business. Her work offers her the chance to spend more time for herself and her family. Her goal is to expand her business, find new clients and continue working. She has no fixed working hours. Her hours and work-week are subject to change according to the needs of her clients.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer leonardo

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