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Serapia Rosalia
Serapia has been selling for many years (approximately 20). A year and a half ago, she decided to open a shop where she sells sweets, chewing gum; foods like rice, beans, soup, sugar, ham, sodas, and more besides. She also sells clothes and footwear, and has realized the need to be innovative in her business.

For this reason, Serapia needs capital to be able to invest in both of her businesses, to meet the demands of her clients and to help her family get ahead.

Serapia has 6 children, and has given them education, a home, and taken care of their well-being. She has just one daughter left to provide with an education. Serapia's greatest wish is to see her daughter graduate and have a better life than she has had.

With the loan, she will extend her shop, because sometimes her clients ask for products which she does not have, and she realises that she needs capital to invest in her business.
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Serapia es una mujer que se ha dedicado a las ventas durante muchos años (aproximadamente 20 años). Hace un año y medio, decidió colocar una tienda, en donde ella tiene a la venta dulces, chicles, ricitos; artículos de consumo como arroz, fríjol, azúcar, consomé, jabón, gaseosas, etc; además, Serapia tiene una venta de ropa y calzado, en donde ella se ha podido dar cuenta que la necesidad la ha llevado a innovar sus negocios.
Por tal razón, Serapia, necesita capital para poder invertir en ambos negocios, ya que por la demanda que ella tiene de sus clientes, y por la necesidad de salir adelante con su familia.
Serapia tiene 6 hijos de los cuales ha logrado darles educación, salud, vivienda, a 5 de ellos. Aún le hace falta por darle estudio a otra hija, el mayor anhelo de Doña Serapia, es verla graduada profesionalmente, y que tenga una mejor vida que la que ella ha tenido.
Con el préstamo, ella piensa agrandar más su tienda, porque cuando los clientes que llegan a preguntar, si tiene algún producto, ella no lo tiene, y allí es donde ella se dio cuenta que necesita capital para poder invertir más en su negocio.

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About FAPE

FAPE, the Foundation for the Assistance of Small Businesses, is a nonprofit, socially-minded institution that provides loans to micro-entrepreneurs across Guatemala.

About Guatemala

  • $5,300
    Average annual income
  • 57
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    Guatemala Loans Fundraising
  • $12,538,350
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 7.5
    Guatemala Quetzales (GTQ) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,200 helped Serapia Rosalia investment in basic products for her store, and to purchase clothes and footwear to sell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 17, 2008
Nov 2, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 15, 2009