A loan of $800 helped to purchase palm oil, lime juice, and vegetables to sell.


Maria's story

Maria lives in southern Senegal. Aged 50, she is married and has five children, who are all in school. Two are at the university, two are seniors in high school, and the fifth one is in year 4 of middle school. Maria capitalizes on four years of experience in commerce. She purchases palm oil, lime juice, and vegetables at the weekly markets, and then she resells them in her town. Through her business, she ensures that the school supplies and registrations fees are covered. Maria's ambition is to be a major merchant sending products and vegetables to Dakar and even abroad.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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