A loan of $800 helped to buy fixed assets and supplies.

Marelby Del Socorro's story

Marelby, 29, is single and has no children. She lives with two grandparents and a younger brother. Currently she works as a nurse's assistant. It's a very unstable job, though, because she works on contract or by the hour, which creates financial problems in her household.

With her enterprising, energetic, and positive attitude, she wants to start her own business, a fast-food stall where she'll work on the weekend from 5 p.m. until midnight. She hopes to earn a better income to support her family.

So her business idea will work, she's requesting a loan for help in buying fixed assests (a griddle, a cart, a canopy, kitchen utensils, and a refrigerator) for 1,000,000 pesos [COP] and supplies (cold cuts, bread, sauces, soda) for 500,000 pesos. This way she'll be able to offer her customers a variety of products to satisfy their tastes. She hopes to make progress and get her family ahead.

Marelby dreams of making her business grow, setting it up in her own space to give work to other people. She also dreams of improving her income and achieving economic stability so she can improve her quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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