A loan of $525 helped to buy products like sugar, lard, beans, rice, soft drinks, bread, dairy products, coffee, sweets, and “maseca” (instant corn dough).


Belsi's story

Belsi, age 47, is a single mother, and she has two children, ages 18 and 22. She lives with her children in the village of Ceguaca de Santa Barbará.

Belsi has a grocery store business, which she established with her own money eight years ago. She sells staples like beans, rice, flour, lard, coffee, lime, bread, dairy products, churros, soft drinks, water in bags, and plastic containers. Her business has plenty of movement because it is located in an area with a lot of people. The sales that she gets generate good income for her. She takes care of her store all day.

She has managed to keep her business stocked with the help of various loans she has received. She is now requesting her third loan in order to be able to stock up on products like sugar, lard, beans, rice, soft drinks, bread, dairy products, coffee, sweets, and “maseca” (instant corn dough).

Belsi is a member of the Los Ángeles de Ceguaca communal bank with ODEF. The group is comprised of two members, who have requested 10,000 lempiras each.

Her plan for the future is to have a better place and to expand her business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish



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