A loan of $300 helped to buy essentials in bulk (rice, soap, salt, flour...).

Marie's story

Marie is a 47-year-old woman who is married and the father of six children, from 10 to 26 years old, of whom four are still in school. She opened a grocery store near her home in a district in the capital that she has been running for ten years already. Her small business is doing well, thanks to her warm welcomes, long experience in this domain, and a customer base she has acquired over time.

Her customer base is becoming significant, so she no longer can satisfy the need due to her meager capital, which compels her to maker her purchases at the retail level. Her customers sometimes turn toward the competition, thus the importance of the current loan for her shop to bolster her small business fund, so as to diversify her merchandise (rice, salt, mineral water, boxes of sugar, sweets, …) and to increase her profit margins.

Marie will reinvest part of her profits into her business to cover the needs of her sector. The other part will enable her to meet her day-to-day needs and those of her family.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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