A loan of $1,100 helped to buy soft drinks, lettuce and other things.

Lorena Marianela's story

Lorena lives in Las Orquídeas (The Orchids). She is 37 years old. She is a widow and has three grown children. As a result of becoming a widow, she decided to look for work so that she could continue paying for the education of her children. Since she was not offered work by any of the businesses where she looked, she decided to save up money to be able to open her own small store. Her business has grown little by little and now has the necessary clientele. Lorena works everyday, starting in the morning. She will use the loan to buy sodas, lettuce and other things. Her goals are to continue working and to make improvements on her home.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tricia Kell

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