A loan of $775 helped to buy food products, including: rice, beans, sugar, flour, salt, coffee, bread, drinks, chips, and canned goods, and also to buy clothing and shoes to sell.

Maria Orfilia's story

Maria, 66, is married and has 6 children. She lives with 4 of her children in a community in the municipality of Intibuca. Maria has always worked in retail trade. Ten years ago, she started a small grocery store where she sells basic consumer goods such as: rice, sugar, butter, condiments, flour, juices, chips, spices, canned goods, drinks, bread, coffee, and other items. She also generates some other income by selling clothing and shoes through orders.

Maria has taken 14 loans. With the loan that she is now requesting for an amount of 15,000 Honduran lempiras, she will invest in the purchase of more products for her store and more clothing and shoes. She wants to have products in inventory to satisfy her customers.

Maria's dream is to see her business well-stocked, so that she can provide better service to her customers and increase her sales.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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