A loan of $500 helped to install electricity in her home, since the lines pass almost directly over her house. Any leftover money will be invested in her business.

María Delmy's story

Delmy is a 43 year old woman. Due to the poverty in which she grew up, she didn't have the opportunity to receive an education. She says that her parents died when she was 8 years old, and she came into the care of an aunt. Since her aunt was poor and they only had enough money for food, she didn't go to school.

For several years now, Delmy has earned a living by selling shrimp, fish, chocolate bars,bananas and other items. Her need for money and the desire to improve her family's situation led to her starting the business. She purchases her products about 4 kilometers from her home. She takes a pick up truck to the place where she buys shrimp, and then back home to prepare the shrimp to sell in the canton. When her children aren't studying, they help her with the preparation of the shrimp.

The loan will be used to install electricity in her home since the lines pass almost directly overhead but she has no way of bringing it into her home. Any money that is left over will be invested in her business. She will be happy to have power in her house, and will be able to buy a fridge to store her products without them spoiling.

Delmy's dream is to buy land so that she can leave each of her children a space where they can build their own houses, since there is no space where they currently live. She also hopes to see her children graduate from university.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Deepti Limaye

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