A loan of $1,550 helped to buy milk, bread, eggs, and canned goods.

Maria Del Carmen's story

María del Carmen is 34 years old and has been married to Sr. Carlos for 14 years. They have four children, all of whom attend school. Doña Carmen, as she is commonly known by everyone in her community, has a grocery store that she started two years ago so that she could help her husband cover the household expenses. At the moment, her store does not have a name. She is requesting a loan to buy canned goods, bread, milk, eggs, fried snacks, and detergents. "More than ever, my store is lacking inventory," she says. Doña Carmen's greatest challenge is the lack of customers because there are few homes where her store is located. However, she is hopeful that some day more people will settle here and that her earnings will increase. Carmen also has problems with the high prices charged by her suppliers, so her profits are not at the level she would like. During the time she has worked with Fundación Realidad, Carmen started out working with a large group, but now she has completed two loan cycles by herself. "The loans have been a great benefit. As a result, I have been able to restock my store. Using the profits that were generated, my husband was able to buy a compressor for automobiles," says Carmen.

Doña Carmen and her husband Carlos have plans to open a car wash. This will allow her to spend more time at home with the family so that she does not have to leave the house in order to earn a living. Doña Carmen comments, "I believe Fundación Realidad is very serious and committed to its clients. I am extremely grateful to FRAC and to Kiva. My family's quality of life has improved considerably and we hope to have a car wash business."

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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