A loan of $400 helped to purchase cookies, nachos, various flavors of soft drinks in bulk and other items to stock her business.

Bertha Maria's story

Bertha is 53 years old and is a single mother to her son. She is from the city of Granada, and she makes a living operating a convenience store. Bertha sells sweets, snacks and soft drinks at her business in order to generate income to support her family. When her father's health started to decline sharply and her sister died, Bertha decided to start a business to help her father financially. She has done very well with her business, and her goal is to increase the variety of merchandise she offers to her customers.

With the support from this loan, Bertha plans to purchase merchandise to stock her business, including: cookies, nachos, various flavors of soft drinks in bulk and many other items. She hopes this investment will help her to expand her business and increase overall profits. Her future plan is to grow and strengthen her business and her customer base while also making improvements to the store itself.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gillian Goodrich

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