A loan of $1,450 helped to invest in more products for her store, as she is trying to expand her business.

Marta Silvana's story

Marta Silvana is 45 years old and single, with two children who are still in her care. She is originally from the department of Chinadega, which is located in the west of the country and is known for being productive in commerce and trade. Marta is the owner of two businesses, a pulpería [small store] and a bakery. She has been a single mother since she was very young and has kept fighting, although it has been very difficult to keep moving her family forward.

Marta also offers general merchandise that is in demand with consumers. She makes her purchases in cash and sells for cash or on credit. Marta has nine years of experience running her businesses and her goal is to expand them and to keep growing, in order to prepare her children to be professionals. She has opted to secure a loan to invest in more products for her pulpería, such as rice, sugar, beans, oils, toilet paper, sanitary napkins, diapers, deodorants, creams, shampoo, sauces, laundry and body soap, pastas, various meats, sausages, and a variety of clothing for women, men, and children, among other products. This way, she will be able to satisfy her customers' demands.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Katie Kavanagh

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