A loan of $425 helped invest in her grocery store.

Maria Del Carmen's story

Maria del Carmen C. Albino is from a place called San José Purua, which is located in the state of Michoacán. It's a beautiful place known for its hot springs and sulfur baths. Carmen, as she is known is her area, is 67 years old.

She says that her parents only gave her a third grade education. At that time parents said, “An education is not for women, it is a waste of time. Women have to learn how to do housework. They all marry and do not work. They have to look after their husbands and their children.” That is why her parents did not give her an education.

She is requesting a loan to invest in the grocery store that she has in her house. She has had the store for over 15 years. She devoted herself to this business activity in order to help her husband with the household expenses because they had a lot of children.

She will buy toothpaste, toilet paper, cream, shampoo, soap, sugar, eggs, milk, canned hot peppers, and instant soup, etc.

Carmen is a widow, and she had 12 children. They are all married, and only one of her daughters lives with her. She helps her financially and with the housecleaning.

Carmen’s goal is for her grocery business. She wants to remodel the place where she sells because is it very small, and there is not enough room for everything. Also, she wants to sell fresh vegetables because her neighbors sometimes ask for them.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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