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A loan of $575 helped to buy stock merchandise.


María Melida's story

“Life may become difficult but there will always be a ray of hope to light the moments of darkness.” With this phrase, María, 58, relates her life story. Displaced by violence, she had to abandon her house and her belongings and head into the unknown and start a new life. Despite the adverse circumstances, her faith and her love for her family never died. Aware of her cruel reality, she decided to start anew and overcome. This is how María started to sell candy in the streets in order to provide daily food for her children. As time passed and with her efforts she’s been able to build a business selling candy outside a local school. Today, she’s asking for a loan to buy stock merchandise because the school term is about to start and she wants to increase sales to support her home and provide schooling for her youngest son. Her greatest dream is to have access to a house that will make it possible for her to improve her family’s quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz



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