A loan of $1,500 helped to buy a printer and computers for her internet café.


Karen's story

Karen is a 19-year-old woman. She lives with her husband, and has a seven-month-old son. She offers internet and online-gaming services.

She is a smart, joyful, and enterprising woman. Her business is located in San Antonio, an area located far from the city. The river was recently channelized, and a road will be build over it.

Karen has dark complexion, brown eyes, and is thin. Her mother tongue is Aymará, and she speaks it at home. She speaks Spanish at work. She lives with her parents, who work, in a brick and cement house with a corrugated iron roof, served with drinking water, electricity, and sewage.

She has an internet café where she offers internet and online-gaming services. "Although the business is not what it used to be, there is a market for adults who use smartphones and tablets; those are my clients..." she says. The advantage is that she has a fixed client base. The disadvantage is that she does not have a printer and some desktop computers. She dreams of having her own house, and improving her living conditions.

She wants to buy two computers and a multi-function printer. This the first loan she requests at the institution since she started her business one year ago. This is why Karen is requesting a loan to buy a printer and computers for her internet café.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Santiago Mejía Dugand.



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