A loan of $1,000 helped to buy plantains, oil, clothing, necklaces, and sandals.

Carmen Del Rosario's story

Upon entering Carmen's house, a display case with a variety of products (such as clothing, earrings, hairbands, sandals, and necklaces) adorns the place. Nevertheless, this 52-year-old woman whose smile touches everyone's heart also sells food. She has always been able to keep on working on her own, for 30 years, despite having finished only the first year of secondary school and being the single mother of four children, now adults.

Despite the fact that money has always been limited for Carmen, she has always looked for ways to get ahead. That was how she started everything, with savings from her tips when she sold Eskimo-brand ice-cream bars when she was 22. Her children have always been her support: They send her remittances or help her in her business.

At the moment she needs a loan to buy plantains to fry and sell; oil for cooking; and clothing, necklaces, and sandals to sell. Her goal is to keep on growing.

One of her main plans is to start a restaurant.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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