A loan of $800 helped to buy household items, electrical appliances and perfumes to supply her business.

Erika Maria's story

Erika is 27 years of age. She is a single mother, and lives with her two children in a small village in the municipality of Choloma, Cortes.

For the past three years Erika has obtained her own income from selling goods such as clothing, electrical appliances, televisions, DVDs, perfumes, etc., as well as other goods ordered from her by her customers. She is a very hard-working woman, and has managed to raise her children alone as she does not have any support from their father. She says that this business is the source of her income, and to date her sales have done well, as the products she offers are in demand and her prices are affordable.

This is her fifth loan, and is for 15,000 Honduran Lempiras. She plans to use the money to supply her business with items such as clothing, perfumes and household items. With this investment her sales will increase, and she will be able to provide her customers with the items they request. Her plan is to have a larger business supplied with new products, so that her income can be even higher and she can save to make improvements to her home.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert

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