A loan of $775 helped to purchase merchandise to stock her general store.

Maribel Ana's story

Maribel is 28 years old, and lives in the city of Pisco with her husband and 2-year-old son. She loves her son, and he is her motivation for tackling each new day with determination and optimism. Maribel is a hardworking, enthusiastic and kind person who works very hard to help her family get ahead. She grew up in a family of scarce resources and had to begin working at a young age to make ends meet. Even though she was unable to pursue a professional degree, she would have liked to study Business Administration. In her free time, Maribel likes to play sports and cook up delicious ceviche to share with her family.

Through her own initiative, dedication and hard work, Maribel has opened up a general store where she sells soft drinks, sweets, snacks and many other items for daily consumption. She works approximately 10 hours every day, and she believes that business is going well because she offers high quality products to her customers at affordable prices and is kind and respectful to everyone she meets.

Maribel is very grateful for this opportunity and is grateful to Kiva lenders for their generosity. She plans to use the support from this loan to purchase merchandise to stock her general store, including: rice, sugar, soft drinks, candy, snacks and other items for resale. She hopes that this investment will help her to offer a greater variety of products to her customers and will allow her to attract new clients. She plans to continue working at her store in hopes of saving up enough money to one day pursue a professional degree and career.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gillian Goodrich

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