A loan of $425 helped to purchase firewood, oil, rice, chicken, soda, disposable plates, plastic bags, etc.

Guillermina Mercedes's story

Guillermina Mercedes is a single mother of four children. She has a small business selling food in one of the markets in the department of León. She has been supporting her family with this business for twenty-one years. She started her business with $500 that she had saved previously by selling fruits on foot in the city streets. Guillermina Mercedes came to the Ceprodel office to request a loan to purchase wholesale products that she will use to prepare different types of dishes and thereby, offer her customers a greater variety. She does this work to increase her income and this has helped her improve her quality of life and get her children ahead by providing them with a proper education.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eleanor Francoletti-Putz

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