A loan of $1,600 helped to buy wood products wholesale.

Flor María's story

Flor, 48, is the mother of six children and the head of household since she separated from her husband. She is a victim of forced displacement, so she and her children came to the city in search of new opportunities to move forward. At first, she sold fruit from a cart, going on all the city streets. However, after 10 years, she decided to change careers and she now sells decorative items made of wood from a mobile stall in a busy area. She offers coat hangers, picture frames, magazine racks, and other items. Sometimes, she participates in artesian fairs. With the money she earns, she has been able to move her children forward, buy her own home, and pay for basic household necessities.

Flor is a thriving and enterprising woman. Her Her spirit of overcoming obstacles has led her to keep advancing. For this reason, she is requesting her sixth loan cycle. This option has provided her with many possibilities of progressing. With the loan, she wants to buy wholesale merchandise (items made of wood) so she can stock up for the upcoming Christmas season. Then she will have the ability to offer a wider variety of products to her customers, which will be reflected in increased sales and economic resources. Flor wants to keep working diligently because she wants to fulfill her dream of opening a small shop that will be profitable and long-lasting. She also hopes that this will allow her the opportunity to employ members of her nuclear family so she can provide a better quality of life and well-being to all those she loves.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Polenske

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