A loan of $300 helped to buy candy, drinks, dairy products, and desserts to sell in her cafe.


María Zoila's story

María, 61, went to school through the first grade. She's a widow since her life partner passed away. She has 3 children; two have their own homes, and only one son lives with her but is not dependent. María's business is a cafe, which she's been working in for a year. She got the idea from a friend that encouraged her to go into the business, and she decided to do it to support herself financially. She also hand-washes clothing for pay. She had never had a business before. The cafe is in her house and she goes a kilometer away by foot to the place where she washes clothes. There's no one else involved with her business. She does the washing from 6AM to 10AM and works in the cafe from 11AM to 6PM. The loan María is seeking is to buy candy, soft drinks, dairy products, and desserts to sell in the cafe. The loan will mean progress for her because she'll stock up the cafe, generate more profits, and her quality of life will be better. Her needs will be met in that she'll have the opportunity to continue with her work. Her dreams are to keep on working for as long as God gives her life and that her family will strive on behalf of their own children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jill Heske



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