A loan of $575 helped purchase of inventory (rice, onions, potatoes, peanuts, shoes and sandals).

Olimpia's story

Olímpia J. was born in the Namaacha District, in the Maputo Province, South Mozambique. She is a widow and the mother of a 24 year old young lady who is already married. She lives in her own house and besides her daughter she supports her granddaughter and two nieces who live with her.

Olímpia lost her father very early. She started school and concluded 7th grade. She then became pregnant and lost her husband. Her husband's loss and inheritance caused conflict in the family so she went back to her parents' house. She started a small business with the money received from her husband's passing. She sold tomatoes in a corner close to her house in the mornings and went to school in the afternoon. With her small business she was able to renovate her mother's home and build her own house and a stand in the same lot. Today she owns a store where she sells staples (rice, onions, potatoes, peanuts, shoes and sandals) purchased in Swaziland. She spends on average 10,000 meticais in each trip and has a profit of 7,000 meticais.

This loan, in the amount of 20,000 meticais is her fifth loan with Hluvuku and third with Kiva. She intends to purchase rice, onions, potatoes, peanuts, shoes and sandals to increase her inventory. Her first loan, for 5,000 was used to finish the store and the remaining loans, for 10,000, 15,000 and 20,000 were used to increase and maintain the volume of her inventory.

She is confident she will pay the loan back ahead of time and request a new loan to build a separate store to sell shoes and sandals away from the groceries

Translated from Portuguese by Kiva volunteer Betyna Almeida-Covarrubias

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