A loan of $1,700 helped to buy provisions, oil, and rice.

Carmen Magdalena's story

Carmen relays her story from the city of Playas. She is 26 years old and a high school graduate. Carmen has a grocery store that she started in August 2011. She took the initiative to start this business because she likes being independent and there were no other stores in her area. However, she only had a small amount of capital to invest. At the moment, her store has gained acceptance since it is stocked. Carmen works Monday through Saturday from 7am to 11pm with the help of a niece. She says that she has not had to face any problems, but there is crime in her area. Carmen is currently single and has two children (ages 8 and 1).

With this loan, she will buy provisions, oil, and rice. Her dream is to expand her store, to purchase a truck for picking up merchandise for her store, and to provide her children with everything they need.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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