A loan of $800 helped to buy beans, rice, sugar, butter, oil, soft drinks, juices, soap, bread, coffee, cookies, candles, batteries, matches, toilet paper, sanitary towels, soups, pasta, spaghetti, salt, condiments and water in jars and bags.

Maria Erlinda's story

Maria Erlinda S. R. is 65 years old and a widow. Her husband died a few years ago. She lives in her home which she has owned for 45 years.

Maria sells basic food products. She has a grocery store in her home where she sells everything that can be found in an average family shopping basket. She also has another business selling pure cow's milk.

Maria will use this loan to buy merchandise to stock her business. Her sales are good as her business is located in a very busy area.

Maria Erlinda is from San Lorenzo. She was one of the first residents of this area has done very well. She has many customers since she sells all her products at good prices. Her dream is to leave her family in a financially comfortable position.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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