A loan of $1,000 helped to stock her store.


María Paula's story

María is 68 years old and is engaged in commerce. She is in a relationship and her partner helps her with the business. She has no children of her own, but is responsible for two girls, the daughters of two nieces who emigrated to the United States. She looks after these girls as if they were her own daughters. María went to school through eighth grade and feels fortunate to have been able to have studied that long, as it was very difficult to do so in those days. What little she was able to complete has helped her in her business. She has a small business in her home (a shop), selling groceries, sweets, beverages, clothing and other items. She has been in this line of work for about 35 years. She and her partner decided to pursue this business and have been passing the years in this way. Her life partner helps her with he business. The loan she is asking for is to stock her shop. Because of personal problems (illness) she has had unanticipated bills and as the Christmas season approaches, it is good to invest as there is a lot of demand in the shop. They need the working capital to take advantage of the opportunity presented to them and make better profits from their business. She would like to maintain her business and be able to continue obtaining resources which enable them to meet their basic needs so the girls are not lacking for anything in the future.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alexandra Harbert



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