A loan of $375 helped to buy merchandise (rice, sugar, noodles, canned goods, confectionery, sweets, and other items).

Carmen Doris's story

Carmen, 27, is a young woman who lives with her husband and two small children. She works hard to provide for them and support her husband, who is a farmer. Previously, both of them worked the fields, but since their children are small Carmen now works at home. Their house is in the city of Imperial, which is known for its warm climate, beautiful beaches and agriculture, especially growing crops such as corn and cotton. Through much effort, savings and, especially, enthusiasm, Carmen started her business selling groceries nine months ago. It was a little difficult at first but over time business has gotten better. She decided to set up her own business because she needed to be near her young ones, since working alongside her husband did not allow her to spend much time at home. She believes business is going well because she is very dedicated and kind to the customers.

Carmen is very grateful to the Kiva lenders, since through their help she can buy more merchandise for her store, such as rice, sugar, noodles, canned goods, confectionery, sweets and other items. This will add more variety for her customers, increase her income and improve her family's lifestyle, which will encourage her to continue striving to make her greatest dream come true: "To give her children a good education and expand her business".

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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