A loan of $850 helped to purchase basic items to stock her store.

Maria Ernestina's story

Maria is a hardworking person who has had to overcome great difficulties in her life. Thanks to her drive to get ahead, she has been able to overcome all of these challenges.

Four years ago, her husband was without work and they needed to earn income for their household that they share with their two children. Maria decided to open a general store, which took a lot of effort, but is now the source of income for their household. When her husband does not have other work, he helps in the store, and sometimes her younger son helps her as well. Between the three of them, they have slowly been overcoming the difficulties with the store and so their quality of life has been improving. To overcome a lack of capital that she has, Maria is asking for a loan to purchase basic items to stock her store since they have run out of some items.

Her dream is to improve her business and allow her family to have a better quality of life and better financial opportunities to get ahead.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eileen Lloyd

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