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A loan of $850 helped purchase merchandise for her mobile grocery business.

Maria Guadalupe's story

Srta. Lupita, as she is affectionately called by her friends and relatives, is originally from the town of San Felipe D. Los Alzati in the State of Michoacán. She is 24 years old. Lupita is able to keep her mobile grocery business stocked with products such as soap, beans, toilet paper, sugar, oil, flour, chili peppers, shampoos, and other basic necessities. Lupita sets up her business at the local markets in different towns within the region such as Angangueo, El Rosario, Zirahuato, Melchor Ocampo, and other locations. She says she started this type of business because her parents taught her at a young age since they operated mobile grocery stores and sold fruits and vegetables. Lupita has been in business for approximately ten years. She acquires her products from different stores in the towns of Zitacuaro, Michoacán, and Toluca in the State of Mexico.

Lupita wants to improve her home because water seeps in during the rainy season since the structure is maD. of laminate sheeting. She is single and lives with her parents who help with the expenses. Lupita says, “Now that my parents are older, my siblings and I want to support them in the same manner as they did with us.” One of her goals is to buy a truck so that she can travel to the different markets where she sells her products. She also dreams of helping her parents by starting another mobile business that they can manage near their home because traveling to the different markets can be tiring since one must wake up at 2 or 3am in order to get to the place where the merchandise is being sold. Lupita says she will use her earnings to invest in seasonal fruits and make improvements to her living conditions.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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