A loan of $700 helped to buy merchandise to stock her store.

Guadalupe's story

Guadalupe, 45, lives in a house she owns with her family group composed of her forty-three year old husband who works as a watchman and their three children who are 17, 12 and 11 years old. She’s been a merchant for several years. She has a store she’s managed to establish with much effort and dedication. In addition, she also has other businesses like selling ‘pupusas’ [stuffed corn griddle cakes] and bread. It’s worth stressing that she’s a very enterprising, hardworking woman who works tirelessly because what’s most important to her is that her children have better conditions than what she and her husband have had.

All this has motivated her to work even harder because her husband’s watchman’s salary is insufficient to cover all household expenses which are higher every day. She stocks a variety of products in her store like sugar, salt, snacks, oil, beans, bread, sardines, etc. Keeping it well-stocked allows her to attract many people who request her products and always find what they are looking for and get good service from Guadalupe.

Like all enterprising women, she’s made the decision to ask INTEGRAL for this loan to invest in her business; she will purchase merchandise at wholesale like beans, oil, sardines, sugar, salt, bread, condiments and other products that are attractive to customers. She has full confidence that with her work and with help from God and this institution she will reach her dream of giving her family better living conditions that are different from the ones they have now.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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