A loan of $550 helped to purchase sodas, bread, eggs, churros (dough fritters), dairy products, juices, and water.

Dina Lizzeth's story

Señora Dina is 36 years old, and lives in a village in the municipality of San Pedro Sula. Dina is separated, and has three children aged 4, 14, and 16. The two eldest are in school. Doña Dina has assistance from the father of her children, who helps her cover their education expenses.

Previously Doña Dina was a housewife, but when she separated from her husband a year ago, she needed to provide for her children and identify a source of income. She had great difficulty in finding employment, so she opened a "chiclera" (a small stand where she sells candies). The chiclera has grown to the extent that it has now become a small general store.

In her store, she sells everyday items such as meat, cornflakes, diapers, toilet paper, bleach, soap, eggs, bread, dairy products, sugar, rice, beans, churros (dough fritters) and juices. Dina serves her customers 16 hours a day. She notes that the increase in the cost of standard goods has impacted her customers, and consequently her sales.

She has requested her first loan of L10,000 to stock up her business with the purchase of sodas, bread, eggs, churros, dairy products, juices and water. She intends to comply with her commitment to ODEF, and to be able to grow her general store so that she can become even more proud of it. She is grateful to ODEF for believing in her, and for the opportunity that's being provided.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Arabella Pollack

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