A loan of $600 helped to stock the store with staple goods.

Carmen Amabel's story

Carmen, 50, studied until sixth grade, since her father passed away. In seeing the need, she decided to abandon school and start working to help her mother with the expenses of the home. She wound up raising her younger siblings. Carmen never married and does not have children. She lives with a niece and her niece's two children, although they do not depend on her.

Carmen is a very enterprising woman with much desire to better herself. When she abandoned school, she started working in a tortilla shop at the age of 15. She worked for ten years, later her mother achieved putting a small store in her house. Unfortunately, she passed away in little time and this is how Carmen continued with the small business that her mother, which much sacrifice and dedication, could have. Twenty years have passed since her mother passed away and the business has maintained itself during this time.

The loan will be invested in the store to be able to continue with the business that her mother started. Thus, she will be able to have her source of active income, and at the same time, the business is a memory that she has of the most special person. She will stay present for much time at the service of her customers.

Carmen has the illusion of seeing the business grow. With the loan, she will be able to have more products to offer to her clients. Additionally, she always wanted to have a clothing store, and she knows that if all goes as planned, she will be able to see her dreams fulfilled.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alex Martin

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