A loan of $425 helped to buy women's and men's shoes, clothing, perfumes and other items.

Norma Maria's story

Norma, 36, and her husband who is a bus driver, share the cost of running the household. She continues to sell clothing, cosmetics, shoes and silver articles. She has two children under 14 years of age who she has supported through her work as a machine operator in the tax-free zone. She had to retire from the job, however, to care for her children.

This is her eighth loan and she plans to use it to buy women's and men's shoes, clothing, perfumes, etc. to fill customer orders. This will allow her to expand her business so she can build a house little by little. The one she lives in now is made of corrugated metal making it is very vulnerable in rainy situations and too hot during the day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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