A loan of $800 helped purchase churros (fried dough-pastry), soft drinks, sugar, lard, beans, tortillas, cooking oil, coffee, bread, rice, meat, chicken, canned goods, and instant soup.

Maria Angela's story

Ms. Maria Angela L. is a 37-year-old woman who owns a general store in the Sosa housing development of the capital city. She managed to set up this business with the loans that she was granted after she was let go from her previous job. With this business, she helps out her husband financially in order to cover the household expenses. They have 3 children who attend public school. With this loan, she is planning on restocking her shop with a wider selection of products for her customers. She states that this business belongs solely to her and that she cares meticulously for it because this will be her source of income for the rest of her life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Casian

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