Azucena’s Variety Store
I was born in Jalisco, Mexico. When I was very young, my family moved to Colima. I had a very hard life – but I am here now. I am the mother of 8 children, all born in Colima. I had a husband who did not support me or my children. When my children were still young, they had to work with me so I could afford to feed them. We lived in a cardboard house – when it rained, we would all sleep in one bed in order to cover them from the rain.
I came to the United States in 1999 with hopes and dreams to provide my children with a better life. I started working as a house keeper – it was difficult for me because I could only bring two of my children with me to the US. I would eat soup and soda to sustain myself for the day because I had to send most of savings to my support my other children in Mexico.
This loan is special because:
More about this loan
My dream has always been to have my own shop. I tried many times but since I had 8 children without medical insurance, every time they would get sick, I would have to spend my savings.
Three months ago, I was presented with the opportunity to finally have my own shop in which I could sell toys, handbags, blankets, balls, mops, and much more. I am very grateful for this opportunity and extremely happy and motivated to make the store a success!
What is the purpose of this loan?
Not very long ago, I learned about Kiva’s loan program to small businesses and entrepreneurs in the Bay Area. A loan from Kiva would be an incredible support – specifically, I will use this loan to purchase more merchandise (to satisfy increasing demand from my clients), to expand my storefront, and fix any damages (i.e. lamp fixtures).
Years in operation: 6 months – 1 year