A loan of $575 helped to buy fruits and vegetables.

María De Las Mercedes's story

María, 58, is a widow and mother of four children. One of her greatest passions is her work. She enjoys working as a successful independent vendor.

Fifteen years ago, in the Cañas Gordas municipality, the municipal administration created a marketplace giving several families the opportunity to set up businesses.

Maria didn't think twice about it and took advantage of the opportunity to create a business. Through this she has been able to offer her family a better quality of life and take care of household expenses after her husband passed away.

Her biggest dream is to increase sales so she improve her living situation. For this reason she is requesting a loan to buy fruits and vegetables.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sofie Bjorksten

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