A loan of $800 helped to buy flour, rice, condiments, and meat.

Maria Emerita's story

Maria Emérita, age 33, is single because she is a widow. She has three children, ages 12, 8, and 3, and they go to school. She lives with her family in the Colonia Monterrey in Choloma, Cortes.

Maria Emérita used to sell new and used clothes. She has always been a very hard-working woman. She has had her own business for four years. She sells fast food like chicken with sliced plantains, pastries, tacos, “baleadas” (flour tortillas with beans, eggs, butter, cheese and meat), etc. and lunches. This business has generated good income, and she has been able to cover her children’s basic necessities. She sees to her business from six in the morning until eight at night.

Her business has been getting better with the loan and the earnings that she has reinvested in it. She is now requesting a loan for 15,000 lempiras to buy supplies to make food. She will buy ingredients like flour, beans, rice, condiments, and meat.

Her plan is to maintain a good clientele so that her business generates the income needed by the household and that it becomes self-sustainable.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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