A loan of $1,300 helped to buy Valentine's Day merchandise and to pay for a few renovations to her shop.

Maria Del Carmen's story

Maria is a hardworking individual. When she was obligated to generate income for her household, the entrepreneurial spirit woke up in her. She established her own shop where she sells personal use products. Being a single mother with four children, Maria had to deal with great financial challenges after her husband abandoned her. She had to devise a way of moving forward, which explains why she does not have much capital. Through hard work, she is determined to succeed and overcome adversity.

Since Valentine’s Day in Colombia (also known as the “Day of Love and Friendship”) is approaching, Maria is requesting a loan so that she can restock her business with products to increase her sales during this holiday. In addition, she will make a few renovations to her shop so that she can display her merchandise better.

Her dream is to move forward and provide her four children a better quality of life. Maria will also file for a divorce from the father of her children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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