A loan of $450 helped purchase and sale of products (soft drinks, beer, wine, etc. ).

Mlieta's story

Melita Mereleco was born in the district of Xai Xai, Gaza Province in southern Mozambique. She is 44 years old, widowed, and the mother of 5 children ages 16, 14, 12, 10, and 5. All attend school except for the youngest, who goes to daycare. She attended school through the 9th grade in the Republic of South Africa, but did not finish because she got married. She lives in her own home with her children and does not support anyone else.

She left Xai Xai for Maputo and later for South Africa in search of better living conditions. She later returned to Maputo in Mozambique after losing her husband 6 years ago, which is when she started her business. She does not have any employees, but her children help out and she earns around 5.200.00 Mt per month, which she uses for household expenses, and she is sometimes able to save a bit in her bank account.

He has had loans in the past in the credit cooperative Procredito but she deicded not to continue with them. She learned about Hluvuku through a fried who is also a Hluvuku customer. This is her first loan, in the amount of 15.000.00 Mt which she plans to use to purchase products (soft drinks, beer, wine, etc.) to increase her inventory and meet customer demand. She promises to pay back the loan on schedule so that she has access to other. In the future she plans to request more loans to set up her own, better, shop.

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Translated from Portuguese by Kiva volunteer Michele Magrino

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