A loan of $1,000 helped purchase rice, diapers, and a freezer.

Martha Isabel's story

Martha, age 31, lives in El Fortin, an area known for its dirt roads and informal vendors. She runs a small general store from her parents' home.

She started her business in 2005, when she was given an inheritance, which she then invested in remodeling the house to set up her small shop. She wakes up every day at 5:30 in the morning, when her three children go to school. She then opens her shop in which she sells all types of provisions like rice, sugar, cooking oil, etc.

In order to better stock her shop, she would like to purchase rice, diapers, and a meat freezer with this loan. In the future, she would like to open up another business in order to ensure a steady income for her children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Casian

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