A loan of $1,075 helped to purchase building materials.

Doris Elizabeth's story

Doris Elizabeth C. R. is a 52 year-old merchant. She is a single mother and has a 17 year-old daughter with whom she lives in the Guanaste neighborhood in the town of San Esteban, Olancho.

Doris has been selling groceries for twenty years and her grocery store is called 'Vecinos y Amigos' (Neighbors and Friends). Her shop is open from 6.00am to 7.00pm and while she runs her business and does her housework, her daughter goes to school. She learned to work because her father taught her and now Doris is very happy to have her own business since it has allowed her to have an income with which she can look after herself and her daughter and cover her household bills such as water and electricity. Her difficulty is that there are many businesses of the same type in the neighborhood and this means that sales drop. Sometimes her daughter's school expenses are high and she has no way of paying them.

Doris is requesting her loan because she is building her house and needs to buy materials such as wood, blocks and bags of cement, sand and iron rods. She also needs to pay workmen. With the support of the loan she hopes to be able to finish building her house bit by bit and, in the near future, be able to move into it. Her goal is to work hard every day so that her daughter does not want for anything. She would also like to save so that her daughter can go to university and become a professional. This is her eighth loan with FAMA. With the financing she has obtained she has been able to improve her business and her quality of life.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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