A loan of $650 helped to buy stock merchandise for her store.

Maria Rosa's story

María, 50, lives in El Guasmo with her family. Her husband is a professional driver and they have four children who are all adults.

María has a small store at home where she mainly sells water, colas and juice. She started it three years ago aiming to help her husband with household expenses. Her husband gave her the capital she used to buy colas. She did well since she offered a variety in all presentations. Gradually she increased inventory buying more products.

Because her husband goes on runs she tends to the store and since it’s located in the front part she opens every day from Monday through Sunday. If she closes her customers call her and she sells from the window; what’s important is to provide the service in order to retain her customers.

This is María’s second loan and she will use it to buy colas, juice, snacks and sweets to increase sales because her shelves are empty. Since she already has experience with loans she’ll be punctual with her payments because in future she’d like to purchase another car to provide taxi services.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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