A loan of $275 helped to purchase staple items such as sacks of rice and sugar.

Maria's story

María is 65 years old and a wise woman. She lives with Andres, her husband of 45 years. Together they have eight children, but they only live with two of them in their own house, which they bought 34 years ago. She lives with her children, but they have a large house where everyone can live independently, and therefore she doesn't feel alone with her husband.

She works at her grocery store, which she opened 21 years ago. In all of this time, she has stocked it very well and has counted on loyal customers. She also has four cows, a bull, chickens, and guinea pigs, which she sells or eats, depending on their needs. Since she never rests, she seasonally plants corn and barley and grows alfalfa all year long to feed her animals. She sells the crops to a wholesale buyer who visits often because he knows the quality of her land, which rests for a year before growing feed again.

Now she wants to improve her grocery store, since she knows that she will not have the same energy as she gets older and will need to dedicate herself to her store to make a living. She is a member of the community bank Los Emprendedores. This is their 19th loan with MFP. She is grateful for the support, which will allow her to meet her objectives. She promises to make her payments on time. She is happy to be a part of her community bank because she has known them for many years. Maria will use the requested loan to purchase staple products such as sacks of rice and sugar.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eileen Lloyd

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