A loan of $1,175 helped to buy three sets of tables and chairs.

Norma's story

Norma lives in a town that is still very rich in terms of culture. In this place they still maintain the Mazahua language, the typical dress - coloured outfits, and food such as huaraches [a fried dough base with toppings], quesadillas, sopes [a similar dish to huaraches], etc. Norma is a very sunny person but most of all, a very hard worker. She has dedicated herself body and soul to ensure the wellbeing of her children. Norma is 40 years old, she has been married to Javier for 23 years. Together they have created a family with three children who are currently studying at university.

For the last 15 years, Norma has been working renting furniture like chairs, tables and table linens for special events. She says that they began their business because her husband Javier was working in the town hall and one day he accompanied a person in charge of those events. It was there that they suggested to him that he begin this business because it was very good. It is going very well for them but at times they face two great challenges: competition with their neighbours and when their customers don't pay them in the end. For Norma this is a loss of profit but despite these difficulties she does not give up: "Many people can begin the same business but there are few who know how to withstand the work that is required to start up the business". Her customers are already acquaintances, she treats them very well so that they are instilled with confidence to come back again. In addition to the furniture rental, Norma is also starting to sell desserts as a result of courses that she has taken at an educational institution.

She thanks Kiva and VisionFund for the opportunity to receive a loan. Norma's dream is to help her children to finish their university courses and afterwards devote herself fully to her business in order to finance her later years.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Dechert

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