A loan of $1,050 helped to acquire a cooler and stock up on cold cuts.

María Elsy's story

María is a dreamer, entrepreneur, and a fighter. She has never liked to see herself as an employee and always opted for independence, having her own business and generating her own income. At this time, she has a daughter who i sin college and that is what inspires her every day. She is a proud mother whose only dream is to see her daughter graduate and have a career. María is the owner of a general store where she sells different products such as groceries, vegetables, pharmaceuticals and personal hygiene items. But this woman's determination and ambition don't stop there and she wants to acquire a cooler and stock it with cold cuts to give her customers a wider variety of products so they can find all types of items in her store that they need for their homes. It is very necessary because the big markets are at a distance from the residential area where Maria works. It is a help not only for María but for the area residents so they can have a wide variety of products at their reach. She can be known not only for her smile when she serves her customers but as a person who had a goal and was able to fulfill her own needs and that of many area residents.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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