A loan of $1,450 helps to purchase a large chest freezer and an assortment of frozen food products.


Merelesita's story

Local businesses are important for creating a culture of community, but they also build connections and relationships among people. Merelesita, age 58, welcomes friendly unfamiliar faces regularly, but she is always pleased and delighted when she encounters familiar and returning customers.

After running a canteen business for a long time, Merelesita wishes to expand her business by selling frozen foods. She wishes to sell frozen meats such as chicken, sausage, liver, and beef, as well as frozen treats, such as ice cream and other items.

Merelesita is humbly requesting a loan to purchase a large chest freezer and an assortment of frozen food products. She is keen to serve her community and relieve them of the burden of traveling long distances to buy frozen goods.

Merelesita is grateful to be granted this loan and is confident that her business will thrive.


This loan is special because:

It provides women with credit in a country where alternative financing is extremely scarce.

Mark McDonagh, Kiva staff

Mark McDonagh
Kiva staff



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*This loan is impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and your support is needed more than ever. Repayments may be delayed or lower than expected.

Loan details



Repayment schedule

*This loan is impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and your support is needed more than ever. Repayments may be delayed or lower than expected.