A loan of $600 helped to buy more products in order to diversify the products that she offers in the store.

María Cristina's story

María is 27 years old. She was able to attend grade school through the fourth grade. She lives with her life partner who works in agricultural activities and as a laborer on a pig farm that is in her village. They have three children who live with them and currently only the oldest of the three is in school.

She has a small store in her home where she sells sweets, basic grains, soft drinks, and more items. She has been working in this activity for four years. She learned this activity without anyone teaching her, saying that “she has learned it along the way.” Previously she worked doing domestic work, but the necessity of having some sort of household earnings made her make the decision to begin her business. Besides selling from her house, on the weekends she sells enchiladas, toasted bananas, water, and soft drinks at the canton’s soccer field, taking the opportunity as people come to see the games taking place those days. At home she tends to the business from Monday through Friday and some weekend hours. A sister and a brother help with the business.

She needs the loan in order to supply the business. She needs to buy more products. She said that the little investment she already has is not enough to cover the great demand there is in the canton.

Having the loan, she will be able to take the opportunity through growing and diversifying the range of products that she can offer her customers, generating more income for her and her family.

She wants her business to become more productive in time, for her family to be able to maintain themselves from what the activity brings in and for her children to study and graduate from university.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand

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