A loan of $1,000 helped to purchase supplies in order to improve her business and for the purchase of consumables which will help her to improve her sales, as well as having a small kiosk where she will tend to clients, since at the moment she doesn't have one.


Rosa Margarita's story

Rosa, 33, has second level education. She has been separated from her husband for 5 years. They have 3 daughters, all of whom are still studying and living with her. In addition, Rosa's parents live with her. She has a snack stand, where in the afternoon she sells "pupusas" (traditional Salvadoran dish – thick, hand-made corn tortillas) and consumable products such as bread, sweets, candies, among other things that her clients request. She has had this position for 7 years and has been working in this business for 23. Before formally working in commerce, she worked informally selling fresh fish in the municipality where she is from. Her work is near her house, 120 meters which she walks. But when she has to bring merchandise, she travels 24 kilometers by bus, 3 times a week. She works 8 hours a day. The loan she is requesting is to purchase supplies in order to improve her business and for the purchase of consumables which will help her to improve her sales as well as having a small kiosk, where she will tend to clients, since at the moment she doesn't have one. The loan will help her to have more clients and will allow her to meet the demand she has for her products. The needs to be met are the expansion, supply and improvement of the business which is how she supports her family. Her dreams are to have a strong and sufficient business that can generate enough income to give her daughters a decent life and to help her parents, who are elderly. Her dreams for her children are to see them graduate from university and to reach their goals.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diana Lima



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