A loan of $800 helped to buy clothes, shoes, and kitchen utensils.

Luz Marina's story

Luz is 32 years old, and she lives in the village of Sarosa in the Progreso municipality. She is in a common-law marriage with her partner, Pedro. He is a bricklayer. They have been together for five years. She has four children, ages 13, 9, 3, and 9 months. All of her children, with the exception of the baby, are in school. The couple’s income supports the family of six.

Five years ago Luz established a business selling merchandise. She sells clothes, shoes, and kitchen utensils like cups, glasses, plates, and plastic washbasins in an itinerant manner. She started the business with the desire to get ahead and to support her family.

She has had three previous loans to stock her business. She notes that her life has improved in a favorable manner. One of her difficulties has been the lack of money to invest in her inventory.

Luz intends to continue increasing her sales with this loan for 15,000 lempiras. She will buy clothes, shoes, and kitchen utensils to increase her inventory and stock her business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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