A loan of $575 helped para la compra de ropa interior para dama y niños.

Maria Del Carmen's story

Sra. Maria del Carmen M. Ruiz lives in a town called San Jose Purua in the Mexican state of Michoacan. It's a beautiful place known for its hot springs and sulfur baths. Dona Carmen, 35, left school in the sixth grade when she moved to the city of Mexicali in Baja California Norte, where she lived for 10 years. She says that she never returned to school because she wasn't a good student and preferred working. In Mexicali, she worked as a day laborer doing casual work. Dona Carmen is applying for a loan to buy underwear for women and children that she will sell at local markets on weekends. She has operated the business for about a year and a half. She sells underwear during the week, as well, and operates a business clearing fields of prickly pear. She says that it's a hard life, but she has to work hard to support herself because everything is so expensive. She also wants to save to build a new house, one of brick, not wood like the one where she lives now. Dona Carmen is married to Sr. Miguel, a day laborer, and they have 3 children, none of whom live at home. Ismael, 14, has left school and works with her mother as a day laborer and Maria Isabel, 12, is in school. Dona Carmen's goal is to rent a shop and establish a fixed place of business because day labor is very difficult.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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