A loan of $1,100 helped to repair the vehicle, which she uses to sell the bread.

Blanca Isolina's story

Blanca, age 60, was not able to go to school due to the few financial resources her family had. Also, in those times the schools were very far away. She is in a relationship, and her life partner has a bakery. She has four children, and they have their own households. Only a granddaughter, who goes to high school, lives in her Blanca’s house.

Blanca learned to make bread when she was very young. She has been working in the bakery business for 19 years. She decided on this business activity because she could not find another way of helping her family get ahead and of contributing to the household expenses. She and her husband set up their own bakery stand. She goes to the city to buy the supplies. She travels 34 kilometers and pays for transportation for the merchandise to get to her house. She works from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

She will use the loan to repair the vehicle, which she uses to sell the bread. The loan will improve her business because she will have the opportunity to satisfy the demand for bread. She dreams of increasing sales and having better income. She will use the income to be able to cover her necessities and those of her family.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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