A loan of $1,000 helped increase her stock.

Maria's story

María is an enterprising woman who, although she was separated from her husband, made an effort to educate her children and offer them living conditions beneficial to their development. One of the things she was able to offer them, apart from her love and attention, is a house of their own where they can live like a happy family. When she began selling things to earn money, she didn't have the purchasing power to do much, but she had a lot of faith that things would get better -- and they did. She went from being a street vendor to having her own space. She stopped going to the local market and set up in a pleasant space where she can sell her products in peace and increase her sales. Now she is convinced that every sacrifice is repaid and because of that wishes to continue working every day from 9 in the morning to 8 at night, happily tending her shop. Maria is assisted by her daughter, who watches the shop while Maria prepares food in the morning. That's how she's been able to continue selling toys for more than 10 years. A sense of comradeship and a desire to improve one's life are two of the qualities she likes about her communal bank, since the members have given her a lot of support for her social and economic development with the 18 previous loans she's gotten from Microfinanzas PRISMA. She plans to use the 3000 soles requested to increase the quantity of toys she sells to meet her little customers' demands, since most of them are children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Andrea Rosenberg

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