A loan of $1,100 helped to buy more merchandise such as sacks of rice, sugar, milk, noodles and canned goods among other supplies.

Maria's story

Maria, 43, is a happy and hardworking woman. She lives in a rented house together with her husband, Eugenio, 50, and her beloved daughter, Stefanny, 13, for whom she wants to provide a better quality of life. Maria, a woman who has many tasks to perform, wakes up very early in the morning to prepare food for her family before going to open her business and await her first customers. The Sabina grocery story is one of the most frequented in the town center due to Maria’s great charisma and her courteous treatment of customers. These have made her store a favorite in the neighborhood, whose occupants do not hesitate to make purchases there, knowing of the great variety of essential goods they will find.

What Maria likes best about her work is the opportunity to talk to her customers. She has been in this business for 12 years and considers the most difficult aspect having to remain on her feet all day. This loan will enable her to buy more supplies for her store. In the future she hopes that her business will grow and that it will become the busiest and most popular store in the wider community. This will be her fifth loan and she needs the funding to help her fulfill her goal. In addition, she is committed to making her payments on time and is grateful that she is a member of her communal bank. She will buy more merchandise with the loan such as sacks of flour, sugar, milk, noodles and canned food among other supplies.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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