A loan of $1,325 helped to supply her business with basic medicines.

Berta's story

Berta is 49 years of age. She is married, has two adult daughters, and lives in a small village in the municipality of Nueva Frontera, Santa Bárbara.

Berta used to sell various articles, but saw the need for a pharmacy in the village. Four years ago she had the opportunity to start selling basic medicines such as flu tablets, paracetamol, cough medicine, vitamins, rubbing alcohol to cure wounds, antispasmodic medicines, anti-parasite drugs, etc. She is a street vendor, and also sells her products at home.

Berta is applying for her second loan from ODEF, this time for 25,000 Honduran Lempiras. She plans to use the money to supply her business with more medicinal products so that she can have her business permanently at home, and can therefore offer better customer service. Her goal is to ensure that her business grows, to keep it well-stocked, to help the community with its health requirements and to generate income for her home.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert

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