A loan of $800 helped to stock her general store.

María Marlenny's story

Maria is her family's sole breadwinner. She started the business--a small grocery--after her husband died and operates it from a space in the house where she lives with her two children. She works alone every day from early in the morning until late at night. She sells everyday products--dairy, snacks, chocolate, coffee, toiletries and so on--and earns enough to cover family expenses. Despite the obstacles she's faced, she's kept a positive attitude and soldiers on every day, driven by the need to support herself and, above all, her children. Maria is applying for a loan that she will use to buy wholesale supplies of the products--pastries, sweets, dairy, meats, eggs, grains, pastas, etc.--that she needs to stock her business. The investment will allow her to meet the needs of her customers and, in turn, ensure they keep coming back. For the future, Maria wants to grow and strengthen her business, making it ever more profitable so that she can provide her children with a better quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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