A loan of $475 helped to purchase appliances to increase her productivity.

Maria Elena's story

Maria is a person who has always been known to be very charismatic, which has helped her win the affections of a great number of people and improve their quality of life. Maria had a dream of being able to help people from other towns who wanted to study in her city, and got the opportunity by finding a place where she could house people at much lower rates than community hotels. In this way Maria opened up her home by renting out some rooms to out-of-towners with few resources who came to her city for a better education. Thanks to this activity, Maria has generated income to contribute to the household finances and offer her three children and her husband a better quality of life while at the same time improving the quality of life and providing better opportunities to others as well. In addition to this activity, Maria also sells personal-use products via catalog, which earns her extra income for her family. With the goal of doing her work more productively, Maria is requesting a loan so she can purchase household appliances that will make her job easier. Maria hopes that in this way she can increase her productivity and tend to a greater number of people, so she can grow her profits and also make an impact in more people's lives. Maria dreams in the not-too-distant future she can start up her own restaurant and provide employment to people in need while also improving her family's quality of life.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein

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