A loan of $1,000 helped to buy groceries, clothing and shoes to sell.

María Merida's story

The "Honduras 2000" communal bank meets every 15 days in the canton of Jaramijo (Manta). This place is known for its beautiful beaches along the coast of this lovely area. Here, the majority of the inhabitants are very hard-working and dedicated to the work of the sea.

In this place we meet María, who is 41 years old. She is married, and from this relationship she has four children. Three are grown, and the youngest, age 11, is in school. Her husband works as a fisherman.

She has a general store in her home, where she sells products such as rice, sugar, oil, detergent, bazaar-type products, clothing of all types, shoes, and paper goods, among other items. She works every day from 6:00 to 8:00, and sometimes later. While working in her business, she enjoys talking to friends and acquaintances who stop by her store each day. She buys the clothing and shoes in Guayaquil when she needs them. She has operated her business for 5 years already, and it has gone well for her.

She will use this loan to stock her store with more items. She will buy groceries, clothing and shoes. She is a founding member of the communal bank, and she likes it because she started her business with one of the loans.

Her goals are to keep going with her business and to see her store grow day by day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman

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