A loan of $1,225 helped to purchase merchandise to stock her general store, including: rice, beans, sugar, milk, bread, salt, eggs, juices, soft drinks, detergent, matches and other items.


Mercedes's story

Mercedes is 44 years old and is a single mother to her two children. She is from the town of Sauce, which is located in the northern region of the country. Mercedes is known to be a hard-working, responsible person who is dedicated her work and family. In her free time, she likes to spend quality time with her family. Unfortunately, since she had to work from a very young age to help her family make ends meet, Mercedes was unable to pursue a higher education degree. In light of the opportunities she never had, Mercedes works as hard as she can every day to give her children a brighter future. With lots of hard work and dedication, Mercedes was able to start a small general store where she works 12 hours every day selling food items in small quantities, such as: rice, beans, sugar, milk, bread, salt, eggs, juices, soft drinks, detergent, matches and other items. With the support from this loan, Mercedes plans to purchase merchandise to stock her store. She hopes that this investment will help her to strengthen and expand her business and increase her overall profits and income. Mercedes is grateful to Kiva lenders for their support.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gillian Goodrich



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