A loan of $600 helped to purchase a corn (nixtamal) mill and the other part will be invested to stock a business selling pantry supplies and natural medicine.

Juana's story

Juana is 61 years old, takes care of the household chores, and also works in business since she is the owner of a small store in the community and also works caring for her family. She grew up with her parents who worked as merchants every day, since they had a small store in their own house, and also worked in agriculture and animal husbandry. She completed her basic education up to fourth grade in the local school and couldn't continue her education because her family had very limited economic resources. She had to work doing the household tasks. With the passing of time, she decide to open her own business which began with the sale of basic supplies and now sells natural medicines and made her own home. She is the parent of a daughter and a son who are now adults and work in agriculture.

Juana works selling basic supplies and natural medicines. She says that she has 15 years of experience in this field, which was taught to her by her parents who spent a long time in this business, and it is what she currently does and she finds she has a lot of willingness for this since the earnings from this business motivate her, apart from not having to go to another workplace since the business is in her house, and in this way she has time to care for her family since they are her most valued possession.

The granted loan will be used to invest in expanding and improving her business since the loan will purchase a corn (nixtamal) mill to serve the people in the community and another part will be invested in stocking the business with pantry products and natural medicines.

Her plans for the future are to strengthen her business in a way that generates sufficient income to hire people to serve the customers and to have a larger retail space which will allow her to sell pupusas on weekday afternoons. With the benefit that this loan offers, she will use the earnings to invest and stock her business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Wendy Harris

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