A loan of $500 helped to pay her daughter's final thesis costs and graduation fees.

Ana Gloria's story

Ana, 47, completed fourth grade. She’s currently single for she separated from her husband nine years ago. She’s mother of four children that still live with her; three of them work and one attends school.

Ana’s a merchant. She has a small stand outside her house where she sells refreshments, enchiladas, fried cassava balls, potato turnovers. She’s been in this activity four years and decided to go into this because it was the only way to help her family after her separation from her husband. Before going into this business she worked as a domestic employee in houses in the neighborhood earning a salary for her services. She still has this source of income but it’s only half-time.

Ana needs the money to help her youngest daughter graduate university. She’s unable to get enough money to cover graduation costs. She will pay the final graduation thesis costs and will buy the necessary things for the graduation ceremony.

She wants to continue working hard for her children even though they are grown up already. She hopes to see them succeed and reach their dreams and to help them whenever she can; this is her dream for her family.

One day, she intends to open her own home-based business to not have to go out to work far away anymore and to be able to better help not just her children but the rest of her family too.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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