A loan of $575 helped to increase stock in her shop.

Leonor Elija's story

Leonor Elija C. was born in Gaza 40 years ago. She is a widow and the mother of three children who are all now adults and have moved away from Boane. She supports three grandchildren between the ages of 8 and 12, who live with her in her house. She didn't finish first grade because she had problems with her vision from a young age. It was said to be a spiritual malady. As a young girl she trained for five years as a traditional healer.

She left Gaza during the civil war all by herself because her children were already living in Maputo. She lived in their house with them, and later acquired some land and built her own house in Boane.

Leonor has been a businesswoman for three years and owns a business where she works 7 to 12 hours a day. She doesn't have any employees, and works on her own to sell staple goods, mainly peanuts, which she buys in 50-kg bags for 1750 meticals and sells for 50 meticals a kilo. She earns about 700 meticals a day, which she uses to cover living expenses, and then saves some money in a commercial bank, where she has an account.

Leonor has already received five loans from Hluvuku-Adsema, all for her business. She will use this sixth loan of 15,000 meticals to increase her stock so she can respond to demand for goods.

She heard about Hluvuku through friends. Her previous loans were in the amounts of 2500, 5000, 8000, 15,000, and 10,000 meticals.

In the future, Leonor wants to furnish her house, and will request additional loans for that purpose once this one has been paid off.

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Translated from Portuguese by Kiva volunteer Andrea Rosenberg

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