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Maria Del Carmen
42-year-old María is a tenacious lady who has a great desire to make progress in life. She lives with her mother and three dependent children. María has worked very hard to provide for her family as she is a single mother. She has not let her situation prevent her from providing her children with everything they need to live a decent life. María owns her own business in the local market where she sells fruit and vegetables. She has been working from this same spot for more than five years which has enabled her to gain regular customers and receive recommendations. María is a responsible, honest woman who has a desire to improve herself. She is requesting a loan from INTEGRAL to invest in buying a larger quantity of vegetables and seasonal fruit. As Easter is approaching, she would like to buy 'jocotes' (a native fruit), mangos and sweet treats wholesale. She will also buy dried fish as this is traditional seasonal food. María hopes to see her sales increase so that she and her family can live more comfortably.
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María de 42 años de edad, es una mujer luchadora con grandes deseos de salir adelante, ella vive junto a su madre y tres hijos menores de edad, María trabaja muy duro por sacar adelante a su familia ya que es madre soltera, lo cual no le ha impedido darles todo lo necesario para vivir dignamente. Ella posee un negocio propio en el mercado de la zona, en el que comercializa frutas y verduras, tiene más de cinco años de estar ubicada en el mismo lugar, lo que le ha permitido contar con clientes fijos y ser recomendada. María es una mujer responsable, honesta y sobretodo con deseos de superación. Ella solicita un préstamo a INTEGRAL, para invertir en la compra de mayor cantidad de verduras y frutas de la temporada, debido a que se acerca la semana santa desea comprar jocotes, mangos y dulces por mayor, así mismo pescado seco ya que esta es una comida típica de la temporada. María desea ver sus ventas incrementadas para poder vivir mejor con su familia.

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About Apoyo Integral

Apoyo Integral (Apoyo) is a nonprofit organization offering financial products that enable clients to increase their working capital, purchase fixed assets, buy and remodel homes, expand agricultural business and more. The organization’s target group is businessmen and women who have already established their businesses but need financial support to strengthen or expand them.

Like Kiva, Apoyo is committed to empowering women involved in business activities in rural areas. Kiva lenders’ funds will be used to expand these services to an even greater number of poor clients in rural areas.

About El Salvador

  • $7,500
    Average annual income
  • 602
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    El Salvador Loans Fundraising
  • $28,040,225
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $800 helped Maria Del Carmen to buy fruit and fish to sell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 29, 2013
Mar 2, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 25, 2013