A loan of $750 helped to buy sugar, beans, oil, rice, detergent and soap.

Maria De Los Angeles's story

María, who is 51 years old, is a humble housekeeper that, although she never finished her studies as she would have liked to have done, is a very hard-working person with a desire to rise above her circumstances. She is originally from Managua, with a background in business, and she has her high school diploma. She is the proud mother of three children, only one of which she still has under her direct care; an 11-year-old daughter who is currently enrolled in middle school. She has been selling clothing and shoes for eight years.

She began her business with money that she had personally saved. She had a clothing shop in the past, but it burned down in the municipality of San Carlos del Rio San Juan. Going off of her previous business, she decided to sell groceries from a spare room in her house, and she does receive some financial support from her daughter. Her products are sold within her own community and in the surrounding grocery stores in the area. She feels satisfied with her business because it is more profitable, and she can count on steady clients.

She would like to use the loan to buy sugar, beans, oil, rice, detergent, soap, and other products necessary to outfit her grocery store. She would be very grateful for the loan, as it would be of great help to her further investment in her business and to attract more customers, generating at the same time more income. Her future plans include making repairs and improvements on her house and eventually buying a car, but her next goal is to expand her business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alison Maddox

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