A loan of $200 helped working capital to buy beans and firewood.

Maria Calixta's story

This is not the first time that María Calixta, 53, has taken out a loan for her business. She is an excellent client who has been dedicated to her business for 36 years, as she started when she was very young. Since her parents were unable to provide her with an education, she started selling cooked beans. Most of her neighbors come to her house looking for this product. Over time she also started selling firewood, since both of these products are used in daily living. Thus, she requests a loan to buy beans in bulk, since this is much cheaper, and firewood. Her desire is to continue with this activity, since it is her only means of support.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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