A loan of $500 helped to buy fruit and vegetables to stock her business.

Maria Felix's story

María, 33, is single and has five children four of which are still in her care and one is independent. She is a merchant from Chichigalpa, Chinandega Municipality. Her business is selling fruit and vegetables. Although her locale has no luxuries it’s the business that supports her children; she has no other source of income. Wicker and plastic baskets are her display cases for fruit and vegetables but even in the midst of her poverty she seeks ways to get ahead and try to give her family a better standard of living.

She’s been in this business for five years; she used to be an ambulatory street vendor. She requested the loan to invest in her business buying onions, chayote, potatoes, cucumbers and other kinds of vegetables that are necessary to stock her stand.

Her short-term goal is to stay in business and enroll her children in school. Her medium-term goal is to buy a small truck to transport her merchandise and her long-term goal is to buy a house of her own since she currently lives in her mother’s house.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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