A loan of $300 helped to buy personal use products such as cosmetics, lotions, accessories and clothing to fill a large order that a customer has made.

Maria Gabriela's story

Maria is a person who has gone through a lot of adversity in her life. Nonetheless, her willingness to work has allowed her to get ahead with her family. Maria was displaced from her neighborhood because of violence. She had to leave her home and relocate to another neighborhood with her husband and 5 children. Since she had to leave everything behind, Maria needed a source of income that was different from her husband's, because the income he generated wasn't enough to cover the household expenses. That is why Maria started to sell personal use products via catalogs. Thanks to that, she has been able to start generating more income for her family. Right now Maria is a single mother head of the family because she separated from her husband. Due to this, Maria has to generate more income for her home. Thanks to the good quality of the products that Maria sells, and the good service she offers her customers, she has been able to get great customers for her business. Right now, Maria has an order from a customer and she doesn't have enough inventory to cover it. That is why she hopes a loan will afford her the possibility of purchasing personal use products such as cosmetics, lotions, accessories, and clothing in order to fill the order the customer has made.

Maria hopes to keep generating income for her home and being able to get her family ahead. Maria dreams of being able to have a good business, located in a place where people can recognize her easier and being able to generate employment for people in the same situation as she is, needing income and having no employment opportunities.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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