A loan of $375 helped buy soap, beans, bread, rice, sugar, coffee, cookies, chips, soup, and toilet paper.

Maria Emilia's story

Mrs. Maria Emilia M. sells popular household products from her small grocery store. She is only able to sell a few items because she does not have sufficient capital to keep her store as well stocked as she would like. A year and a half after she started her business, she also began selling rechargeable mobile phone cards.

Maria Emilia is married and the mother of 2 dependent children. Her husband is a farmer. With the earnings generated from her business, she is able to cover her personal expenses as well as assist her husband with household expenses.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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