A loan of $525 helped to buy clothes, notebooks and book bags to stock her store.

Maria Elena's story

María Elena, 41, is married and has five children who are 26, 24, 22, 19 and 16 years old; only the 16-year-old and the 19-year-old attend school. She lives in San Juan Pueblo, Atlántida.

María has a business selling clothes, shoes, school supplies (notebooks, book bags, etc.) and soft-drinks. She started the business seeing that she needed another source of income that would help her cover some needs like her children’s education. Since then she’s worked hard earning good profits that have helped her business to grow. She works full time selling her merchandise.

María has had several ODEF loans and she states that they have helped her very much with her business’ stability. She’s now asking for another, 10,000 lempira, loan to stock her store with merchandise like clothes, notebooks and book bags. Her goal is to stay in business to give her children economic stability for their schooling.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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