A loan of $1,075 helped to start her business, buy a freezer, install bars in her home, and buy products (snacks, sodas, ice cream).

María Eugenia's story

María, who is 52 years old, is a single woman and has a son. She worked for different companies for over 28 years, which is how she obtaind the income she needed to provide for her son and give him an education. But seven years ago she became unemployed and depends financially on her relatives and her son. She lives with her father, since her only son, who is 34 years old, lives abroad. But she says that she doesn't feel good about being a burden for other people.

María is a very dynamic woman and she is very eager to get ahead and bring home an income on her own. That is her motivation to request a loan, because she wants to start her own business selling ice cream and snacks. She wants to invest in purchasing a freezer, install bars in her home, and stock up on products (snacks, sodas, ice cream). This will make the most of the fact that in the area where she lives there are a lot of children and no businesses that offer these products. This will allow her to generate income to support her father and bring sustenance to her home.

María's dream is to have a well-established and long-standing business. She would like to gradually introduce a wider variety of products in order to satisfy her customers' needs so that she can have a better quality of life.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mariana Sanchis

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