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Ms. L. lives in La Libertad, with her three children. They depend on her income and that of her husband, who works as a labourer. Since her husband’s income was barely sufficient to go by, she decided to start her business, selling seafood by retail. She presently sells as a peddler in nearby cities. She has been in the business for four years and considers it a way of helping her husband with expenses, in order to provide her family with a better education. She is requesting the loan in order to sell different products demanded by her clients, such as fish and prawns.

Translated from Spanish by Leticia Britos, Kiva Volunteer.

la Sra. L. vive en La Libertad con sus tres hijos. Ellos dependen de sus ingresos y los de su esposo, que trabaja de jornalero, algo que la impulsó a emprender su negocio de venta de mariscos al por menor, ya que los ingresos que generaba su esposo apenas le alcanzaban para sobrevivir. Actualmente vende de forma ambulante en algunas ciudades cercanas a donde vive. Tiene cuatro años de dedicarse a esa actividad y considera que de esa manera puede ayudar a su esposo con algunos gastos y así poder proveer a su familia con una mejor educación. Solicita el financiamiento para vender otros productos demandados por sus clientes, tales como pescado y camarones.

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About Apoyo Integral

Apoyo Integral (Apoyo) is a nonprofit organization offering financial products that enable clients to increase their working capital, purchase fixed assets, buy and remodel homes, expand agricultural business and more. The organization’s target group is businessmen and women who have already established their businesses but need financial support to strengthen or expand them.

Like Kiva, Apoyo is committed to empowering women involved in business activities in rural areas. Kiva lenders’ funds will be used to expand these services to an even greater number of poor clients in rural areas.

About El Salvador

  • $7,500
    Average annual income
  • 493
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    El Salvador Loans Fundraising
  • $31,339,125
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $125 helped Mercedes purchase of fish and prawns, products demanded by her clients.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
9 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 10, 2008
Dec 27, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 26, 2008