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Total loan: $1,025
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María Santos


A loan of $1,025 helped to stock her business.


María Santos's story

Maria is 65 years old and did not attend school, but is a hardworking person because she learned to read, write, and sign her name as an adult.

She has been a widow for 18 years and she and her husband had 5 children who are now adults, but two grandchildren live with her. She cares for them and they attend elementary school.

She has had a neighborhood store for 12 years. When she started her store there wasn’t one in the community and she says its a good opportunity. She is also a farmer but this was not enough to pay the household expenses. She makes her purchases twice a week in town, 23 km away.

She will use the money from this loan to buy products for her store, such as snacks, soft drinks, juices, soft drinks, bread, and personal products such as soap, toothpaste, bathroom tissue, and other things.

This loan will improve her quality of life because her income will improve and she will have the opportunity to sell and cover more needs by stocking up to cover her customer demand.

She wants to open a branch of her business in the city and have a place where her business will grow and she can become an entrepreneur. Her desire for her family is for them to succeed working and striving with her help. This loan will help her buy more products and have better earrings.

She will use her earnings to expand her business next year in two forms; one by setting up in the city and the other by setting up another one in her community so she can have better earnings.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes



Loan details

Loan length:

14 months
Disbursed date: January 7, 2014

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Loan details

Loan length:

14 months
Disbursed date: January 7, 2014