A loan of $1,150 helped to buy products including rice, sugar, and noodles among others.

Bertha's story

Bertha, 38 years old, is single and lives with her two children in her own home made out of adobe. She worked for many years in agriculture including the production of organic chocolate and other crops native to her region. Over the years she became tired of constantly working the fields, and she decided to rent her land and invest the capital that she earned in the opening of a small corner store. Since she had little money, she acquired minimal merchandise at the start, and has been able to grow her offerings through the sale of rice, sugar, cereals, vegetables and other products.

A short while ago she had to pause her work in the store when she fell sick, and she suffered some economic losses during this time. However, being a mother and a very hardworking women, she would now like to open the store again. Her long term goal is to construct a new home with better materials, in order to improve her quality of life. This is her first loan with Kiva, and she is very grateful for the opportunity it provides. With the amount she is asking for, she will be able to buy merchandise to re-start her business, including rice, sugar, vegetables, noodles, sweets, sodas, and other products that her clients demand.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kaitlyn Godfrey

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