A loan of $400 helped buy general merchandize that is sold at the Ingenio San Antonio in Chichigalpa where rum, sugar cane and tobacco are predominant.

Maria Felix's story

María Félix is 39 years old, is married with four children the two oldest (23, 20) and the two youngest (15, 13). The two youngest are in their second year of high school. María is a woman that with a lot of work has been succeeding with her loans and little by little has been able to give her family a good start in life. Before she used to sell staple grains in her home and in less demand, general merchandize, but now she has a greater demand for merchandize like clothing, shoes, makeup and other items. She started because of a need to have more income for her home and to contribute more to the household account, seeing that she is doing well she decided to stick to this business. Such is her demand that at present she does not have general merchandize. María sells her items at the Ingenio San Antonio (a sugar refinery) where the sugar harvest has started and demand for her items increased not only in the sugar refinery but in other areas of the same municipality of Chichigalpa. This is why María needs the loan, to be able to inject capital to her business and to restock with different merchandize to please her customers.

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