A loan of $400 helped buy more basic groceries (rice, sugar, beans, corn), clothes, and cosmetics.

Esperanza Del Carmen's story

Zapatera island is a marvelous sanctuary that reflects the diverse ways of life and the tribes that originally lived there. Currently, its doors are open to us all due to an excellent hotel that is available to visitors. Esperanza works in a similar way. She is a 66-year-old woman and a mother of 3 grown children. Her age doesn't keep her down and she is continuing with her goal of improving her quality-of-life.

She started her small business 16 years ago selling basic groceries (including rice, sugar, beans, and corn), cosmetics, and clothes. She was able to grow her business thanks to a Kiva loan.

She is asking for a new loan so she can buy more basic groceries, clothes, and cosmetics to sell. She believes that this loan will help her greatly to continue to support her business and help it to grow even more.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patrick Bales

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