A loan of $1,350 helped to buy wholesale merchandise.

María Irene's story

María is 46 years old, married, and has three children. She runs her own business, a general store located in a very commercial area in the municipality where she lives. She started working as an independent merchant due to economic problems that the family was facing. In her first job as an independent she walked around the market place carrying a portable food stall. Little by little the demand for her products increased and allowed her business to grow. After some time she was able to rent a place where she started selling clothes, kitchen utensils, toys, and second hand clothes. This eventually made her business what it is today.

Her drive, endeavor, and dedication push her to find new ways to progress. This is why she is requesting a loan, which she will use to buy wholesale merchandise such as toys, clothes, kitchen-ware, etc. That way, she will be able to stock her business with a greater variety of products in order to satisfy the increasing demand during the upcoming Christmas season. The result will be an increased income with which she will continue supporting her husband in covering the household expenses. María will continue struggling to achieve her dream of opening another business in a nearby municipality in order to improve her income and offer her family economic stability so that they can enjoy a better quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Isabel Valencia

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