A loan of $600 helped to set up a small shop in her home.

Carmen's story

Carmen, who is 54 years old, did not have the opportunity to go to school as her parents made her work from a young age. She is a single mother because her husband left her when she was pregnant. She has a daughter who is dependent on her and she also has a 15-year-old grandson who is at school.

Throughout her life Carmen has made a living growing beans in the foothills, having learnt the skills from her parents, since they took her to work with them from when she was nine years old. Now she is responsible for providing the household income as she and her daughter work to make sure that they and her grandson have all the basic needs in the daily struggle to survive.

Carmen needs the loan to set up a small shop in her home, which will be a great help to her. She has rheumatic problems and this causes her a lot of pain in her legs every time she goes up the hill to look after her crops. If she could have a shop she would not have to exert herself so much and she would not have this severe pain. She knows that she can manage to do this just with the help of the loan.

Carmen's dream is to set up the shop in her home so she does not have to work as much from dawn to dusk and can have a better life. She wants to improve her house and support her grandson in his studies so he can reach a good level of education, which she was not able to do, but her grandson must do.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Judith McInally

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