A loan of $1,500 helped to make some improvements om the locales where she has her businesses and to invest in a new business.

María Lourdes's story

María is 37 years old. She studied business and at 23 decided to marry her husband. They have been married for 14 years. They have a business processing paperwork for customs at the border. They both work in the business with one employee. They have two offices. Their children are in school and are 13 and 10 years old.

They have 17 years of experience in the business. When she was 20, she decided to learn the business with a relative and after working for three years, she had her own clients and decided to go off on her own. She and her husband opened their own business.

The loan will be used to make some improvements on the business locales, and she plans on investing in a new business.

In the future, she wants her children to get an education, graduate from college and have good careers. For the business, she wants to open more offices and generate more employment in her community.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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