A loan of $850 helped to buy sugar, flour, and beer to resell.


Maria Ermelinda's story

Maria is 40 years old. She is married and lives in her own home. She has three children who are 5, 10, and 15 years of age. The two eldest go to school and are in the fifth and ninth grades. For more than 10 years, Maria has had a business selling groceries from a shop in her home. She will use this loan to buy products for her business such as sugar, flour, and beer. Maria hopes to expand her business, and will request more loans for that purpose in the future. Her main challenges are to finish expanding her house, building two more rooms, and to buy furniture and a vehicle to transport her merchandise.

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Translated from Portuguese by Kiva volunteer Andrea Rosenberg


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