Total loan: $450

María Santos

Usulután, Usulután Department, El Salvador / Housing

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A loan helped to buy two doors.

María Santos's story

María, 52, has worked since she was very young. She was one of 10 siblings and had to get up very early to get food ready for her brothers and sisters so they could take it to work. She also helped her mother in the home and they worked in sales, which allowed them to bring home money to the family. María got married when she was 23 and worked with her life partner, with whom she had three children. They weren't together for long, though; he abandoned her and she had to take care of the children on her own. She worked very hard selling to people who looked for her door-to-door. María managed for her children to study up to college. She also was able to build a small house. María makes a living selling door-to-door. The business isn't hers, though; it belongs to people who hire her to sell meat and baked bread in the canton. She has to get up very early, depending on the number of products they give her. She has to finish selling them in the morning because they're perishable. Sometimes she sells everything in a day. She has to walk an average of five kilometers a day on her route. Her youngest child goes with her to help and also works in agriculture. Her other two children went with her but didn't help her very much. The loan will be used to buy two doors for her house because the ones she has aren't safe. With this she and her son will have a better quality of life. She'll also be able to finish building her small home.