A loan of $525 helped to buy merchandise like shoes, sandals, schools supplies and clothes.

Maria Elena's story

María Elena, 41, is married and has five children two of which are attending school; she lives in San Juan Pueblo, La Masica in Atlántida. She has a business selling clothes, shoes, school supplies (notebooks, backpacks, etc.), low-cost novelty items and soft-drinks. She started the business 8 years ago needing to have an additional source of income to help cover some of her needs like her children’s schooling costs. Since then, she works hard earning good profits that have led to her business’ growth. She works full-time selling her merchandise.

She’s had previous ODEF loans she says have helped her much to stabilize her business. The one she’s asking for now is for 10,000 Lempiras to stock her store with merchandise like clothes, shoes, sandals, notebooks and school supplies. Her goal is to continue working to give her children the economic stability needed for their schooling.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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