A loan of $500 helped to buy staple grains, soft drinks, eggs, soap, bread, juice, and milk.

Maria Concepcion's story

María, resident of the department of León, is originally from Villa Nueva Chinandega. She is 52 years old and she has a sixth grade education. She is the shopkeeper of a small grocery store for a living and she is the mother of seven children, of whom only one is her dependent, as the others are adults who are on their own. She started her business with the help of one of her sons, who gave her money so that she could buy things and stay at home to help herself out. That is how she set up her business, which is now her grocery store, where she is helped out by her husband and youngest daughter. She also depends on other sources of income, as her husband and some of her children give her money for her household expenses. She sells her products in her own community, as she is happy where she is and she has a good clientele who visit her daily. She is asking for this loan to buy staple grains, soft drinks, eggs, soap, bread, juice, and milk, all of which are needed for her business and which she hopes will help her, as she will be able to stock her business with the products that earn her the most money. Her plans for the future are to have a big business that is well stocked with all the products to satisfy every one of her customers' needs.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alyson Trowbridge

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