A loan of $400 helped to buy cases of soft-drinks and if possible, animal feed.


Maria's story

María, 48, was widowed 24 years ago. Since then she’s cared for her four children alone. She currently lives with only three of them in the house she purchased five years ago. Despite her children being adults now and with families of their own, she continues to live with them because she always dreamed of raising her grandchildren

She has a grocery store at home but this isn’t her only activity for she also raises cattle; she has five cows that produce milk she sells to her neighbors. She also has sheep and chickens but only for her own consumption though she does relate that if she has any unforeseen need she sells them in the market. But the activity that helped her cover her children’s expenses when they were little was embroidering traditional skirts. The price of these garments is high because it takes a long time to finish them. Now, she only makes one a month because she does not have the same economic need she did back then.

She belongs to the “Los Emprendedores” (The Enterprising Ones) communal bank and this is her fifth MFP loan. She is grateful because they help her reach her objectives. She promises to make her payments. She enjoys being part of her communal bank because she’s known them for many years. María will use the requested money to buy beverages by the case for her grocery store and if the money goes far enough she will also buy animal feed.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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