A loan of $650 helped to buy a cutter and to make a car payment.

Maria's story

María has an open kiosk where she sells candy and soft-drinks but also pet clothes for cats, dogs and rabbits. She sells party dresses, summer dresses, vests and winter jackets and much more. What she likes best about her business is chatting with customers. She’s had the business for 12 years now. At first, she only sold foodstuffs, beverages and snacks. With Fondo Esperanza’s support she was able to take out small loans and start selling pet clothes which has led to her earning higher income and to help her family.

María is a single mother of three adult children. One of them is 28-years-old with a mental disability and lives with her. Having her business selling pet clothes has helped her care for her son and to buy him his medicine.

María will use the loan to buy a cutter she uses in her business and to make a car payment for the used car she bought recently to transport her and her disabled son to work.

Later on, María would like her business to grow in order to just sell pet clothes and earn a higher income. What she likes best about working with Fondo Esperanza is the opportunity to meet people and learning how to manage her business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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