A loan of $275 helped purchase of beans and drinks.

Adelia Jossias's story

Adelia Jossias B. was born in Inhambane. She is 31 years old and lives with her husband and her 13-year-old daughter, who attends school. She also cares for 2 nephews who live with her in her home. Each month she manages to put 1500 Meticales in savings because she is helped out financially by her husband, who owns a rhyolite mine.

Adelia moved with her older sister to Vila de Namaacha on the border with Swaziland, thinking that they would go to school there. After they arrived, however, they couldn't enroll in school because of a lack of complete documentation. She then met her husband and moved in with him. Her husband emigrated to South Africa and left her with some funds, which she used to start her own business. She was able to set up a stall in Jermantino, which is 7 kilometers from her town and is very popular because it is located on the main road. After some years, Adelia's husband returned and they decided to buy land on which they could mine rhyolite. He decided to stay in order to take care of his business personally. Adelia has 5 workers to help her, who earn 1500 Meticales per month. However, because of the cost of the mine construction, Adelia is barely able to cover all her expenses and she has asked Hluvuku for a loan in the amount of 8000 Meticales to strengthen her business. Her best products are fish, beans, and drinks. She earns 4000 Meticales each month, and spends 10,000 Meticales each time she travels.

This is Adelia's first loan with Hluvuku and Kiva. The 8000 Meticales will be used to buy products for her store. She is confident that she will repay the loan promptly. She will then ask for another loan to acquire more tools for extracting the rhyolite, because the ones she currently has are worn down,

Translated from Portuguese by Kiva volunteer Catherine Fountain

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