A loan of $1,050 helped purchase products for her business & raise the ceiling of her house.

Muriel's story

Muriel J. G. is 40 years old and lives with her husband and four children, who are between the ages of 9 and 19, in the neighborhood of La Paz in Barranquilla. This neighborhood is known for its religious festivals, such as the Festival of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, and the Holy Week processions.

Muriel’s business consists of a mini-grocery store where she sells rice, oil, sugar, milk, bread, salt, and coffee. She also has household products in stock such as soap, shampoo, and other items. Muriel started her store four years ago when she quit her clothing by catalog order business. She always enjoyed working and wanted to start another business. Now her customers include her friends, relatives, and neighbors. She goes to their homes to boost her sales by advertising whenever she has new products. However, she considers her greatest challenges to be the location of her business because it is not visible from the outside, the lack of space, and insufficient capital. To resolve these issues, her goal is to have a larger store in her main room that provides more space and is more visible from the street.

Muriel is currently requesting a loan of 2,000,000 COP. Half of the money will be invested in the purchase of products for her business. The other half will be used to improve her home by raising the ceiling because it is quite low. Although this is her second loan, her husband has been associated with the Foundation for several years. During this season, the two of them plan to acquire more supplies, attract more customers, and continue making more sales. In addition, they hope to build a kitchen and add another room to their home. Later on, Muriel dreams of completely remodeling her house and also providing her children with an education so that they can finish both high school and college. She considers this to be an essential step to doing something in life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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