A loan of $1,125 helped to buy staple goods for her general store.

Maria Marleny's story

María Marleny, 51 years old, has had to work since she was a teenager because of her family's difficult financial situation. She learned to make a living for herself by working in different shops in the area, where she learned a lot about the retail industry. Later, she got married and dedicated her time to the work around her house. When her son was born, she decided she needed to open up her own business in order to help her husband pay their family's household expenses.

María Marlenny is requesting this loan in order to buy basic goods to stock her store, as well as display glass and shelving. She is looking to improve her store and widen its variety of merchandise. Her biggest wish is to increase the store's profits so that she can help her family financially and offer her son a better quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Craven

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