A loan of $1,150 helped to buy chicken feed, repair the coops and to buy ingredients to make arepas.

Maria Mercedes's story

María is a person who has had to go through many adversities in life. However, she’s always had the strength to overcome them and get ahead with her children.

About two years ago María’s husband died and she was left in charge of their 7 children so she desperately needed to find a source of income for her home. This is how she started to raise chickens, a business that initially was generating income with which she could support her home.

Later, the business started having problems and it no longer generated enough income so she also started to make “arepas “ [a flat, unleavened patty made of cornmeal which can be grilled, baked, or fried] and with the two businesses she was again able to generate the income needed for her home.

Hoping to move both businesses forward, María seeks a loan that will make it possible for her to buy chicken feed, to repair the chicken coops and to buy the ingredients she needs to make the arepas. María hopes that with the loan she will be able to meet her needs in the short run and be able to move forward with her business. Also, she hopes that her business will grow and generate higher income with which she can offer her children a better quality of life and greater opportunities for progress.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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