A loan of $850 helped to buy staple goods to stock her store.


Oliva De Las Mercedes's story

Olivia, 55, has worked in her store for the last 17 years; she sells basic staples. Her main inconvenience is health problems which sometimes keep her from opening her store leading to monetary losses. Her greatest dream is to be able to expand the business and increase sales levels, to hire an employee and to take a vacation. It’s clear to her that to accomplish this she must continue to work hard and for the moment it’s impossible for her to hire anyone because profits are low.

She’s currently requesting a loan to buy a stock of the items her customers most frequently request. She hopes sales will improve because that’s what her economic stability and her 16-year-old son’s education and well-being depend on.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz



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