A loan of $650 helped purchase supplies and a thermos, and pay suppliers.

María Elena's story

Doing what she can to make money to provide for her family is the philosophy of María Elena B., who some time ago decided to start a business on her own in the center of Medellín. It is there this enterprising woman has a small store located on one of the sector's main roads, selling snacks, prepared coffee and cell phone cards. She works more than 10 hours a day, but that does not impede her from doing her job. Currently, María Elena is requesting a loan to purchase supplies in bulk, which will allow her to buy the items at a lower price and increase her profits. She also wishes to purchase a cell phone since the once she has is broken, which prevents her from selling even more cell phone cards. Furthermore, she needs to pay off what she owes to one of her suppliers. María Elena hopes to continue her business and dreams of having a wider variety of merchandise to keep making headway with her family and providing a better future for her grandson.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein

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