A loan of $1,625 helped to stock her store.


María Olivia's story

Maria is a driven and active 53 year old woman who has overcome great challenges with tenacity, effort, dedication, and motivation from her children. She has been head of household since she separated from her husband, and since then has worked tirelessly to get ahead. She started her own business about 20 years ago, in partnership with a friend. It was a variety store where she offers things such as men’s and women’s clothing, cell phone accessories, toys, personal products, and other things. She works daily from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and generates income to support her children and pay for their university studies. She is asking for her fourth loan so she can buy merchandise in quantity (toys, clothing, Christmas decorations, and other things), and in this way be able to offer her customers a greater variety of products and increase her sales, especially during the approaching year’s end. She will be able to increase her profits with every sale. This will help Maria to get ahead and meet her main goal of opening another store in a nearby town, in order to increase her profits and have financial stability that will allow her to continue supporting her children and be able to enjoy a better quality of life and wellbeing.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes



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