A loan of $1,075 helped to supply her business to sell corn and eggs.

Elfida Paulina's story

Elfida sells corn, eggs, soda water, and clothes for women and children. She has been in the business for twelve years. She began her business only selling tamales and ice cream, but the need to earn more money made her look for other products to sell. It was in this way that she began to sell corn, which she buys in the Terminal market in the capital city. She brings it to her village of Chixolis in Santiago Sacatepequez, where she sells her products among her neighbors and friends. As she got more clients, they asked Elfida for other things. Because of this, she began to sell eggs, soda water, and clothes. She has 4 children, and her husband helps her in her business. She wants to invest the loan to buy more merchandise because it is cheaper to buy at wholesale. She wants to have a well-stocked business so that she can also increase her earnings. Her goals are to be able to continue improving her house. She has already fought with a lot of strength to have her own house, since she and her husband are originally from the Southern coast of the country. Because of all of this, she continues fighting to improve and have a dignified home for her children.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Avni Shah

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