A loan helped to purchase hardware goods to sell in her space at the market.

Adela's story

Adela is a 57-year-old woman, a widow, who has 2 children ages 23 and 17. Her business is selling hardware items.

She is confident in herself, fun, loyal, honest and considerate. Her business is located in the 16 de julio zone, characterized by the market, which had its beginnings in the '60s, held in a space of no more than 3 blocks, made up of the rural and miner migration that happened over more than two decades. Today it is considered the largest in the country.

Adela has dark skin, black eyes, long black hair she wears braided, is short, has a robust physique, dresses traditionally (hat, shawl and pollera [traditional Andean skirt]), her native language is Aymará and she speaks Spanish due to the general culture. She shares her life with her children who are independent and work, they live in their own house build of adobe with a roof of metal sheeting and a cement floor which has drinking water, electricity, gas and sewer services. Her business is selling hardware items such as screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, files, clamps, etc., at a sales space on the street, outdoors on the market days (Thursdays and Sundays). "I began selling as a street vendor, then I got this sales space in the market..." she says. The advantage is that sales in the market are constant, the disadvantage is the lack of capital to stock her business. Her dream is to be a wholesaler, she wants to purchase hardware items to stock her business. This is the first loan cycle in the 6 years that she has worked in the business.

For these reasons, Adela asks for a loan to purchase hardware items to sell in her market space.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Wendy Harris.

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