A loan of $1,325 helped to buy a refrigerator and wholesale supplies (snacks, soft drinks, bulk grains, biscuits, dairy products, among others).


María Teresa's story

María, 54 years old, runs her own grocery store, a store that she opened about 30 years ago and through which she has been able to generate the income to provide for her 4 children. María says that she enjoys being independent, and the fact that her business is located at her house, also allowed her to take care of her home. Several years ago, due to increase of violence in her neighborhood, María was forced to close her business, as she feared for her safety and that of her family. At that point, she began to work as a “Community Mother” with the ICBF (the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare), and ever since the situation improved in her neighborhood and she re-opened her business, María has been carrying out both activities. Now, in an effort to further improve her business, María is requesting a loan to buy a refrigerator and wholesale supplies (snacks, soft drinks, bulk grains, biscuits, dairy products, among others). In this way she will be able to increase her stored merchandise -especially dairy and meat products- and have a larger variety of supplies available to meet her customers’ needs, which would be positive for the family finances. María wishes to continue to work to make her business grow, and generate higher returns by increasing the stock of her products, so that her customers may find everything they need. This will help her to achieve economic stability and a pleasant quality of life that she may enjoy with with her loved ones.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Cespedes



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