A loan of $425 helped to make improvements to her stall (paint the cart) and to buy ingredients at wholesale (potatoes, bananas, sauces, lemon, oil).


Melissa's story

Melissa, only 19 years old, has been dedicated for some time to managing her own business, selling fried food that she offers from a moving cart. This work came from the need to generate income to support her home since after completing her high school education she didn't have the economic resources to pay for university education and additionally, it was difficult to find work with a company due to her lack of work experience. As a result, she dedicated all her time to her small business. Her drive, entrepreneurial spirit and projection toward achieving her goals motivate her to keep fighting tirelessly. Thus she is motivated to request her first loan cycle with the desire to make improvements to her stall (paint the cart) and to buy ingredients at wholesale (potatoes, bananas, sauces, lemon, oil). This will allow her to offer a better image to her business that changes the perception of passersby and they can become potential customers increasing her sales and the profit margin she earns. In this way, Melissa wishes to keep working hard to achieve her dream of expanding her business to generate better income which will give her the opportunity to pay for university education and become a professional, which to her means having a better quality of life and wellbeing.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer



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