A loan of $525 helped stock her small grocery store.

Ema's story

Ema is 66 years old, and in spite of her age, she is a very hard-working person. She has a small grocery store called “Monarca” ["Monarch"], and Sunday nights she also sells pozole [a traditional soup], corundas [a type of tamales], tacos, etc. She has had her grocery business for 5 years, and she says that her children helped her set it up, so that they could support themselves and not have money worries. Every 8 days, Ema goes out to stock up on groceries in the town of Zitacuaro, since she says they give her good prices there, and in this way she can earn a little more. With her loan, Ema will buy soft drinks, soap, rice, sugar, bathroom tissue, beans, bread, soups, milk, etc. She is grateful for the loan because she says that thanks to it, she will be able to have her store very well stocked.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman

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