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Maria Petronila
María is 36 years old, a single mother, and has a daughter. She lives with her father and her daughter in a village in the municipality of Puerto Cortes. Maria has always had a business, and 11 years ago, set up her own small general store where she sells basic staples, cleaning products, soft drinks, snacks, pills, condiments, etc. In addition, she sells clothing, uniforms, and other products that her customers ask for.

She has applied for two loans from ODEF, including the current one, which is for 10,000 lempiras. With this loan she is going to stock her store with clothing, school uniforms, as well as more food products for the general store.

She invested this loan with the aim of increasing inventory and sales in her business, taking advantage of the back-to-school season. Her goal is to continue growing as a businessperson, and to offer a better quality of life to her family.
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María, tiene 36 años de edad, es madre soltera, tiene una hija, y vive con su padre e hija en una aldea del municipio de Puerto Cortes. María siempre ha sido comerciante, hace 11 años que estableció su propio negocio de pulpería donde vende granos básicos, productos de limpieza, refrescos, churros, pastillas, condimentos, etc. además vende ropa, uniformes y otros productos que piden sus clientes. Ha solicitado dos préstamos a ODEF con el actual que es por 10,000 Lempiras, con este préstamo va surtir el negocio de ropa, uniformes escolares y más productos alimenticios para la pulpería. Ella invirtió este préstamo con el objetivo de aumentar el inventario y ventas en su negocio aprovechando la temporada escolar. Su meta es seguir creciendo como comerciante y brindarle una mejor calidad de vida a su familia.

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About Organización de Desarrollo Empresarial Femenino Financiera, S.A.

This loan is administered by Organización de Desarrollo Empresarial Femenino Financiera, S.A. (ODEF), a Kiva Field Partner in Honduras. A leader in the microfinance sector since 1985, ODEF strives to combat poverty by offering a wide array of financial services to low-income men and women. The organization works with its parent NGO, ODEF OPD, to provide training and technical assistance to impoverished microentrepreneurs. By incorporating the entire family unit in this process, ODEF OPD aims to improve the standard of living through the creation of profitable enterprises. Visit ODEF’s partner page for more information.

About Honduras

  • $4,800
    Average annual income
  • 88
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    Honduras Loans Fundraising
  • $9,205,075
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 19.9
    Honduras Lempiras (HNL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $525 helped Maria Petronila to buy food products for stocking her small general store and to buy uniforms and clothing to sell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 17, 2013
Jan 30, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 18, 2013