A loan of $1,125 helped to buy basic grains, lard, bread, soft drinks, and sweets.


Blanca Maritza's story

Blanca, age 38, lives in the Rio Chiquito village in the El Progresso municipality. She has three children; ages 18, 15, and 12. The children go to school. Her husband, Reyes, is a farmer. The couple has been married for 18 years. The family depends upon the couple’s income to live.

Blanca has a grocery store where she sells a great variety of products including dairy products, grains, meat, sausages, flour, beans, bread, lard, and sweets. Four years ago she established the grocery store because of her desire to improve herself. She notes that there was a demand for the business because people were saying they needed a grocery store in the neighborhood.

A previous loan helped her stock her store more. With the current loan for 21,000 lempiras Blanca will increase her inventory by purchasing basic grains, lard, bread, soft drinks, and sweets. She hopes to offer a good variety of products and to satisfy her customers’ needs. She also hopes to overcome the low sales that she attributes to the heavy rains that have fallen in Honduras.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish



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