A loan of $425 helped to buy merchandise to restock her business.

Susan Mary's story

Susan Mary is 21 years old and in a common-law relationship. Her husband performs painting and woodworking jobs. They have two children, ages 2½ and 7 months. Susan lives with her family in San Pedro Sula, Cortes.

She has a small grocery business. A large part of her income depends on selling basic necessity products for daily consumption such as rice, salt, lard, sugar, beans, candy, and other items. Her store was established approximately seven months ago because she needed to generate income. Susan previously worked at a restaurant, but she quit because she wanted to spend more time taking care of her family. Therefore, she decided to work on her own. She feels satisfied because now she is able to manage her time between looking after her family and managing her business.

Susan is requesting a loan from ODEF in the amount of 8,000 HNL in order to invest in her grocery business by purchasing everyday consumer products. With her earnings, she will be able to maintain a better quality of life. Her goals for the future are to have a better store in the area, to improve her family's quality of life, and to continue utilizing the benefits of the credit services provided by ODEF.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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