A loan of $1,050 helped to buy merchandise to stock her store.

Flor Maria's story

Flor, 41, is a single mother who sells basic staple items in her store located at home in Milagros. She lives with her two children who are school age and attending public schools.

She opened the store when her husband abandoned her with her children and being a housewife had no work experience. She used money a relative lent her to buy basic staple items like rice, sugar, foodstuffs, oil and soft-drinks. As time went by she acquired money and more products. Five years have gone by in which she’s gained experience in sales, business administration and customer service.

Flor starts her activities in the store at 7am and goes until 8pm every day. Since she also lives there she can do this without altering her family activities which consist in helping her children with their homework.

The loan Flor is requesting is to buy foodstuffs, dairy products and cured meats hoping in future to have a well-stocked store that will produce the necessary profits to do some home improvements.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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