A loan of $1,500 helped to buy materials for repairing the roof of her house.

María Laura's story

María is 36 years old, in a relationship, and the mother of four children (ages 19, 17, 15, and 13). She only completed school through the third grade. Her partner is a farmer and her children currently live with her. María’s oldest child is not in school, but her three other daughters are continuing their studies. She says that she has been in business for 13 years. Since her family was poor, Sra. María had to quit her studies. The business she started involved selling tortillas, but afterwards she began selling pastries, sodas, nougat candy, and potato chips. In order to be successful at everything, María must wake up at 5:00 A.M. so that she can prepare breakfast for her children. She then begins her household chores and preparing the goods that she will sell in the afternoon.

María has been selling traditional dishes for three years and says that she learned this all by herself. The need to help her partner continued after they began their relationship. Her children help her after they return from school. The work in her business begins at 1:00 P.M. and concludes at 6:00 P.M.

The loan she is requesting from Fundación Campo will be used to buy 30 “C” boards and 160 meters of roofing sheets so that she can repair the roof of her home. Her goals are to open a store and see her daughters graduate from the university. In addition, she would like to finish the construction of her house.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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