A loan of $1,600 helped to buy goods for her store (paper, laminated educational materials, etc.).

Maria Jesus De Fatima's story

María is 54 years old, single, and doesn't have any children. She bought a display case and stands and started selling laminated educational materials, composition books and other stationery products. She serves alone in her store from 8.00am to 10.00pm. She says that at first there was a lot of crime in her area and her business did not do very well but the conditions gradually improved and now her business is doing very well. Her dream is to further expand her business so that she can meet the needs of the customers who come to her store every day. She says that she would also like to fix up her home and her dream is to buy a car. She will use this loan to buy stationery products, paper, laminated sheets, etc.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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