A loan of $600 helped to buy merchandise wholesale (dairy products, meat products, pastries, sodas, grains and more) and to make improvements on the locale (painting the locale).

María Doralba's story

María is 44 years old. She is married and the mother of two children, aged 10 and 11 years old. She works as an independent merchant, running her own business. It is a general store she set up in the living room of her house. She got the idea out of necessity of generating income to support her family. They were going through a hard time financially. She took advantage of the fact that there was a primary school close to her house and she started selling pastries to the students. Little by little, her clientele grew and the business became what it is today, a great, well stocked general store. She works there with her husband and together they have been able to overcome all of the obstacles and get their children ahead. She gets her drive and her strength from her family. They have motivated her to ask for the help of the sixth credit cycle. With it, she hopes to buy merchandise wholesale (dairy products, meat products, pastries, sodas, grains and more). She will also do some improvements on her locale (painting the locale). This will allow her to improve the image of the establishment and positively change the the perception of the passers-by so that they can become potential customers. In addition, she will have more variety of products available to sell. This will help improve profits and income that she gets to continue paying for her household's basic needs. Her only challenge, according to María, is that the area where she lives is very distant from headquarters and sometimes she runs out of stock because the deliveries are late from the suppliers. Nonetheless, this doesn't stop her from continuing to fight with love and dedication. She dreams of the possibility of having a good business and turning it into a mini-supermarket where people can fill all of their needs and tastes. This will open the possibility of offering her children an excellent both in high school and college so that they can become upright people and enjoy a better quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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