A loan of $1,700 helped to buy a parasol and ingredients for her shop.

Margarita Maria's story

Margarita has been selling food for approximately 18 years, and thanks to her activity she has been able to economically contribute to the expenses of her household, which she shares with her husband and her daughter. Margarita is very grateful for her activity, as it has helped her improving her standard of living, on top of giving her the necessary means to pay for the university education of her daughter, whom she hopes to continue supporting until the girl completes her studies. During the harsh winter Margarita has noticed that her customers come less to her stall as it lacks protection from the rain, as the largest part of her shop is directly on the street. For this reason, and in order to improve this situation, Margarita is requesting a loan to buy a parasol and to supply her shop with ingredients she needs to prepare her dishes.
Thanks to the parasol her shop will be protected from the rain, and therefore her customers will not stay away that much: she has many customers, but the rain affects her sales, making her earn less. Margarita also hopes that a better income will help her family reach a better standard of living as well as allow her daughter to continue attending university.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emanuela Villa

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