A loan of $500 helped to buy beans, firewood and sodas.

Maria Calixta's story

Maria Calixta is 52 years old and married. Her business is selling cooked beans, sodas and firewood. She has been doing this for 21 years and has a well-established clientele in her neighborhood. The majority of her sales are in cash, but she also sells on credit for some of her regular customers. The business was born out of the need to bring more income into the family to improve financially. She wants to invest this loan in the purchase of beans, firewood and sodas. Her dream is to have another form of income to improve her quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Berghaus

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