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A loan of $1,200 helped to buy milk, bread, eggs, sugar, beverages, etc.

Manuela Cristina's story

Since she began working with the institution, Cristina, a determined woman, has always managed to move her business forward so that she can enhance the well being of her children. Cristi, as her friends call her, is 52, and has been married to Silverio for 36 years. They have six children, who now live on their own. She did not have the opportunity to go to school, but she has several businesses that help pay her household expenses.

She is applying to Vision Fund and Kiva for a loan to stock her grocery store and to buy condiments to make the sandwiches she sells. She opened her store 10 years ago and never imagined that the business would be so helpful. Her husband supported her initiative because his income alone would not cover their children's education and household expenses.

It takes Cristi little time to prepare the sandwiches because she used to sell food; however, at times she doesn't have enough money to buy good cooking utensils, dishes, and so forth. The loan will help her buy items now to get her kitchen running again. Cristi says that the grocery store is going well, though the uncertainty she is experiencing today is somewhat worrisome. In addition to running the grocery store and kitchen, Cristi attends school. She works most of the day, and her daughter-in-law helps her in the store and kitchen.

Cristi expects both of her businesses to be successful and generate income to improve her and her husband's lives. She is grateful to Vision Fund and Kiva for the loans they have granted her to sustain her businesses.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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