A loan of $1,675 helped a member to buy merchandise including clothing, cosmetics, perfumes and jewelry.

Banco Mujer Las Hijas Del Rey Group's story

Petrona, 55, lives with her husband and is the mother of three adolescents who are in school thanks to the effort that she makes to keep them there. She wasn't able to complete her studies because her family needed her to work, at which point she decided to come to live in Costa Rica to find a job. Here she formed her family; her children are citizens and she has permanent residency. She has become an extremely hardworking woman since her children's father abandoned them and she has had to take care of them. She also was able to form a life with a new partner.

She sells clothing, perfumes, makeup and jewelry in the community where she lives. Her daughter, who is in high school, is her biggest support, helping her mother sell items to the teachers and schoolmates. Petrona wants a loan to invest in buying merchandise for her customers for Mother's Day and Christmas. She chose Fundacion Mujer because of the low interest rate and personalized treatment.

In this group: Petrona Nicolasa, Susanna Edipsia , Belkis Elizabeth, Petrona Del Carmen, Mireya Lisseth, Marìa Suyapa

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