A loan of $1,000 helped to buy skirts, trousers, shirts, blouses, underwear, etc.

María Mercedes's story

María Mercedes, age 47, lives in her own home with her family, which consists of her husband, daughter, and granddaughter. She dedicates her time to her sales, and having done so for many years, she has built up a lot of experience. María describes herself as being an enterprising woman, with lots of business ideas which she is gradually putting into action. With great effort and dedication, she has succeeded in establishing a small store in her home, where she sells a variety of clothing to cater to all tastes and preferences. Her dream is to keep her business stocked with a wiD. range of clothes, with the aim of attracting more customers and ultimately improving her family's standard of living. For this reason she has decided to seek a loan with INTEGRAL to invest in her business by buying items of clothing (skirts, trousers, shirts, blouses, underwear, etc). She trusts in God that the result of the investment will be to improve the standard of living she has at present.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Rosa Oswald

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