A loan of $475 helped she will buy: chicken, a quintal (equivalent to 46 kilos) of corn, fruits and vegetables, sweets and others to increase sales.

Maria Marcela's story

María is a hard working woman who is devoted to work. She’s a small merchant who has secured a good customer base over the years.

She sells prepared meals, various fried foods, sweets, soft drinks, juices, smoothies, fruits in front of her house. She now stocks more items; she used to just sell prepared food.

The loans have been an alternative pathway to improve income in that they allow her to meet her personal expenses like utility payments and loan repayments.

This loan will be used to buy food items like: meat, chicken, a quintal (equal to 46 kilos) of corn, a large container of cooking oil, lard, fruit, vegetables, sweets among others to start making more food and selling more to improve her family’s economy.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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