A loan of $1,000 helped to buy stationery and exercise books.

Maria De Fatima's story

María is 53 years old. She has a small stationery store. She lives in an urban area called Orquídeas (orchids). The area is so called because when it was discovered they found many flowers there and currently there is a park of orchids.

When she was made redundant from a company where she was working, she decided that she no longer wanted to be part of the group of workers who depend on their employers. For this reason, she decided to set up her own business so that she could make her own profits. She bought stationery items and set up her business in the front part of her home. She currently has thick bars at the windows of her stationery store for security reasons as there is a lot of crime in the area. Her sister sometimes helps her in the store as her only son migrated abroad.

María would like to use this loan to buy stationery and exercise books to better stock her business. In the future, she would like to finish building her house and extend her business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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