A loan of $650 helped to buy groceries.

Mariuxi Lorena's story

Mariuxi, 33, determined that somehow or other she must help her family’s economy which was going through very critical moments. She decided to open a home-based grocery store and to sell her products at a snack bar in a local school in the city of Libertad that is cattycorner from her house.

Once she secured the necessary permits she started selling food in the snack bar and has been improving her family’s economic situation this way. Now, she distributes her time spending mornings tending to the snack bar at school and then opens her store in the afternoon. Sometimes her husband helps her since he’s a seafood merchant and finishes work early.

She will use the loan to buy supplies for the store and food items to sell at the snack bar. She hopes in future to enlarge her store and to open a blended fruit stand at home.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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