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Aug 9, 2016 6:21 AM ET

Archived: Rosario – Azucena’s Variety Store: A loan supports a working mother progressing her variety store in Oakland, CA

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 9, 2016


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Rosario’s story

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:

It supports a working mother progressing her variety store in Oakland, CA.

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More about this loan

Business Description

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).

About Azucena’s Variety Store

Industry: Clothing
Years in operation: 6 months – 1 year

A loan of $3,000 helps to purchase merchandise and remodel my storefront.

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