A loan of $1,000 helped to buy two pigs and stock merchandise for her store.

María Amanda's story

María, 50, is a widow; she comes from a very humble family so she was never able to attend school because her parents and three brothers had to work, the land to grow basic grains like corn, beans and sorghum. Her mother taught her how to weave reed mats. At that time she was able to do two per week; she also helped her father and brothers with the agriculture on the hillsides because the terrain is quite fractured.

At the age of 24 she got married and her husband helped her much. He installed a small grocery store at home where she sells oil, eggs, beans, sugar and soap among others and her husband worked making herbal remedies. Sadly, he died three-and-a-half years ago and she was left alone with an adopted 13-year-old daughter. At present, she buys pigs to then resell either alive or she butchers them to sell the meat in her community. She does very well because there aren’t many stores or butcher shops.

The loan she’s asking Fundación Campo for is to buy two pigs, two quintals of rice, two quintals of beans, two quintals of sugar, detergent, oil, cookies, bread and coffee among other products for the store; also detergents for home cleaning and toothpaste which will be new products for the store.

With this investment she will add new products and increase the amount available because there are only two stores in the community and the population is quite large. Her short-term goal is to stock the store more, to buy some display cases and to provide what’s necessary for her adopted daughter who is in sixth grade in school.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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