A loan of $1,550 helped to buy paper, cardboard, glass, packaging, and copper for recycling.

María Efigenia's story

María is 51 years old and the mother of two children. She and her partner are in a common-law relationship. María has been working for 27 years in a variety of businesses. She has owned a food stall, sold merchandise, and managed a cafeteria. María currently recycles glass, cardboard, copper, packaging, and other items. She is able to generate a good profit. María has the help of an hourly employee who is in charge of sorting the materials. She works Monday through Saturday from 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Working in this manner allows her to earn the money she needs to provide basic household necessities and to help her children get ahead.

The loan she is requesting will be invested in the purchase of different recyclable materials (paper, cardboard, glass, packaging, and copper) so that she can improve her profit margin. Capitalizing her business will make it more profitable and productive. This will guarantee her financial stability so that she can improve her living conditions and enjoy the fruits of her hard work along with her husband.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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