A loan of $700 helped buy clothing and footwear, and repair the roof of the house.

María Eduarda's story

María is 56 years old, married, and has three children, one of whom has left home. She lives with her retired husband who worked as a caretaker at the national hospital in the city. Their three children are financially independent; one is a radio announcer and a Christian evangelist, and the other two work in a local supermarket.

María sells traditional food which she makes from corn and yuca: corn-based drinks, stuffed tortillas, and fried dumplings. She also sells blouses, children’s clothing, and rubber sandals. The ingredients for the food are bought in the municipal market, and the clothing and sandals from a friend who is a member of the same church.

The loan María is seeking from Fundación Campo is to settle a payment that is due with the institution, and the rest will be used to buy clothing and footwear to sell. As well, she will buy sheeting for the roof of their house so that their belongings do not get wet. The wood is rotten so María wants to have the roof repaired before the rainy season (the month of May).

The loan will give her more capacity to buy merchandise for her customers, and repair the roof of her house. This will prevent the roof from deteriorating further and causing illnesses and insect infestations from the damp conditions.

María’s goal is to continue selling food, clothing and footwear. One day she would like to open a store in her house.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A

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