A loan of $1,175 helped to stock her store with water, soft drinks, fried foods, supplies, and other items to meet the demand of customers requesting these products.

Elvia Sofìa's story

Elvia is a 50 year-old woman who, with the help of her partner, was able to build a small store that has the advantage of being close to the municipal court, giving her a lot of customer traffic. She faces a big difficulty, which is the lack of capital to stock her store, and even further, that it is located in a violent zone. Little by little businesses like hers have been forming, which want to change the area’s perspective and prove that there is more good than bad, and that honest work is the best way to get ahead.

She is requesting a loan to buy candy, water, soft drinks, fried foods, and groceries to stock her business, to meet the demand of both the youth that come by frequently, and the many other customers whose store closest to their homes is Elvia’s. Her main dream is to have the most well-known shop in the village, with good income which will allow her to live peacefully with her husband.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amanda Fried

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