A loan of $525 helped to buy merchandise to stock her store.

Maria Elena's story

María Elena, 55, is married and has six children. She lives with her husband and two of her children in Cuyamel, Cortes. María Elena has had her own grocery store business for 12 years where she sells basic staple items like basic grains, soft-drinks, snacks, candy, condiments, oil, vegetables, bread, etc. She also butchers beef occasionally to generate extra income. She’s kept the business going by investing several loans into it.

She’s currently requesting he third loan for 10,000 Lempiras to buy basic grains, soft-drinks, snacks, lard, dairy products, bread, soap and other items of daily sale. She decided to make this investment to be ready for the Christmas season. Her goal is to increase her inventory and make the business grow more and to use some of the profits to buy some display cases to place low-cost novelty items.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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