A loan of $475 helped will buy more food products and basic household necessities.

Mary Grace's story

Mary Grace runs a sari-sari store. Sari-sari stores basically sell small quantities of various foodstuffs, grocery items and beverages. “Sari” is a native word for variety. This is a small store that is either attached to the owner’s house or in a small native cottage not far away from the owner’s house. Such stores are convenient for people in the village who live far from the marketplace.

Mary Grace started her variety store through her initiative of dealing with customers. She wants to continue her business; it gives her family good proceeds to support the educational needs of her two children. She is requesting a loan of PHP20,000 so that she can have the funds needed to buy more food products and basic household necessities. This will allow her to attract more customers and increase her sales.

Mary Grace dreams of growing her variety store into a mini-grocery store and expanding it to other villages, to send her two children to college, and to have their own beautiful house and land for comfortable living.

Her children are her inspiration to pursue her variety store. She now feels very happy for the help of ASHI and KIVA partnership, which allows her to pursue her dreams for her family. She hopes that they continue the service for a long time and help many families who want to get ahead.

She has shown herself to be hard-working to make her dreams come true and hopes that her business will continue to be more productive and improve her overall quality of life for her entire family.

She says “Thank You” to all her Kiva lenders around the world for offering her financial support and giving people a big chance of reaching their dreams in life. She prays that they will be blessed.

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