A loan of $1,800 helped to purchase display cabinets, shelving, and wholesale food supplies (grains, pasta, chocolate, eggs, dairy products, and similar items).


Melva Rosa's story

Melva is an energetic and enterprising woman who is a mother of three children and head of her household, since the death of her husband left her with the economic responsibility for her family.

She lived in the Cauca Valley; and after a painful mourning period, she started her own grocery business, as it was difficult to find work, and she had to provide for her family. Little by little, her business grew, and she was able to open a grocery store. But six years ago, violence in the area forced her to move to the city, where she currently lives. She started over, opening a new grocery business, and this is how she has managed to provide for her children and give them an education.

With the goal of improving her income, she wants to open a grocery store again, as she sees that there is no competition on her block, and she would like to make the most of this opportunity.

For this reason she is seeking a loan, which she will use to purchase display cabinets, shelving, and wholesale food supplies (grains, pasta, chocolate, eggs, dairy products, and other similar items). This will make it possible for her to establish her business, where she will work every day from 6:30 a.m. until 10 p.m., in order to provide good service to her community.

This is the way that Melva wants to continue striving to improve her children’s quality of life and well-being. In addition, she will try to locate her business in the zone that would guarantee favorable economic stability.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eleanora Brennan



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