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A loan of $800 helped to purchase groceries in general.

Elvia Margarita's story

Elvia is 37 years old and her family consists of her husband who works in agriculture and with livestock, and her three children, 2 of whom are females. She is a very caring person and proud of her three children because they are good people and good students. Elvia started her small store in 2005 and named it Gerson Store which operates from 7AM until dusk. Her greatest advantage is that there are no other convenience stores in the community and her neighbors carry out their daily shopping at her store. Ultimately, her sales have dropped due to the daily increasing cost of staple goods. Elvia solicits a loan to purchase: rice, lard, sausages, milk, soft-drinks, sugar, beans, sweets, bread, and churros amongst other things. By having support from the loan she can then stock more and varied products which will allow her customers to always find what they need. Her goal is to help her children with school although she fears they may not be able to find employment upon graduation which is why she hopes they establish a business of their own just like her. This is Elvia's first loan with FAMA and she expects to make punctual payments.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gustavo Gutierrez

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