A loan of $425 helped purchase supplies to stock her store.

Irene's story

Irene is a native of the state of Michoacán. She is 58 years old and has a fifth-grade education. She says she stopped going to school because her parents didn't want her to continue her education due to a lack of financial resources because she had many siblings and they couldn't afford to buy books. Irene is married to Pedro, who makes a living as a construction worker. They have seven children, of which two live with them: Guadalupe, 21, and Tomasa, 12, who is in school. Irene runs a convenience store out of her home and makes a living selling ornamental flowers, avocados and chili peppers, since she has a garden and a nursery. She goes out on boats to sell them to suppliers in the city of Zitacuaro, and almost always what she sells is on order from customers. Irene is requesting the loan from Kiva partner Fundación Realidad to purchase eggs, sugar, soups, beans and other products of more primary need. She says that previously she made a living on selling seasonal fruits and legumes in the regional street markets but for health reasons she decided to open a store out of her home since her back and bones ached out of the effort from loading the very heavy cargo into the boats. She says that she and her clients are going to benefit from the loan because they won't go to other, more remote stores and will be able to find everything they need in her store. Irene will also be able to sell her avocados and chili peppers out of her home. Her goal is to expand her garden of avocados and chili peppers and also stock her store with products so that her local customers don't have to travel to Zitacuaro or have travel expenses. Irene says that her store is going very well and that her avocado and chili pepper sales are gaining customers in her area. She says with the earnings she makes she will paint and remodel her home.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein

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