A loan of $550 helped six inch blocks, metal, rock, sand, and cement.

Santa Martina's story

Santa Martina C. Z. is a 50 year old entrepreneur. She is a widow with four adult children.

She has a mini market, which she shared with her husband for over 30 years. He passed away; he was of Chinese origin. In addition to selling basic grains, her store is a general grocery store. She sells products for making Chinese food like noodles, which she learned from her husband.

This is the second loan she has had with Kiva. She repaid the first one as agreed upon and on time. About a year ago, she became a widow. That is why she is asking for a loan to provide better security for her business, which has one wooden wall. The number of robberies makes it imperative to guarantee security for her business.

To do that she needs to pay for constructing a wall; she will need to buy: 250 six inch blocks @ US 0.80 per block, 2 quintales (a quintal is 46 kg) of metal @ US 71 per quintal, 2 meters of rock at US 36 per meter, 2 meters of sand at US 18 per meter and 10 bags of cement @ US 10 per bag.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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