A loan of $1,175 helped to buy wholesale stock (cakes, cookies, and dairy products, among others).

Mary Luz's story

Mary, 30, is a single mother with one 10-year-old son. Since 2008, she has made a living with her own business, a grocery store where she sells dairy products, meat, cookies, and cakes, among other products. This has allowed her to provide for her household.

Mary has gone through very difficult times, as she was a victim of a tragedy in her region in 2010 when a landslide brought on by strong rains took away everything she had worked so hard to build. However, with her positive attitude and her spirit to overcome, she has managed to move forward alongside her son and her parents. With plenty of effort, hope, and dedication, she started her business once again, and little by little she has been recuperating the level of sales which she had before the tragedy. Due to the landslide, the region's inhabitants were forced to move and sales fell abruptly during that time.

Mary has applied for a loan to invest in the purchase of wholesale stock (cakes, cookies, dairy products, and others) to take advantage of discounts which have been offered to her. She will then be able to have a better profit when she makes sales, which will allow her to continue providing for her household. She will make one more step towards fulfilling her greatest dream, which is to convert her business into a well-known mini supermarket which is often visited by customers. She will then have the ability to provide her family with better well-being and to give her son an excellent education.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Volz

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