A loan of $1,000 helped to buy basic grains, soda, cleaning products, sweet treats, snacks and canned products.


Maria De La Cruz's story

María is 31 years old and lives in the city of León. She is married and her husband works as an assistant in a jewelry store. María has two children who are 8 and 3 years old. Her eldest is in third grade. María is a retailer. She owns a grocery store. Before she started working in the world of commerce, she was a housewife and depended on her husband's salary. However, one day she decided that she had to be more independent and bring in some income so that she could provide for her children, enjoy a better standard of living and improve the condition of her home. She started selling clothes and cosmetics as an itinerant street vendor and did that for three years. Then, with the savings she had and the income she made from selling her clothes and cosmetics, she set up a grocery store, which she has had for two years now.

María needs this loan to buy basic grains, soda, cleaning products, sweet treats, snacks and canned products. With the investment of this capital, she will be able to buy more products, sell more products and offer her customers a better service. One of her dreams is to remodel her house. Right now she is saving up so that she can invest in buying more display cabinets and shelves to display her products.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard


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