A loan of $425 helped to buy clothing and catalogue products on offer which will give her more profit.

Maria Idelisa's story

María is a woman of African descent who had to leave her homeland for security reasons and set out for a new world in the city with her family. But that's not everything; María is a real example of self-improvement, since despite going through the forced displacement she is separated and has had to bring up her three children on her own. She does this by selling clothing and products from catalogues, as well as selling fast food. She learnt these activities from scratch because of the need to provide food for her children.

María is very grateful to God for the opportunity she has been given in life since things are better better now than they were in her home country, although she misses it a lot. She sees a lot of evidence that the only thing stopping people from making progress is laziness.

She is asking for a loan to buy an assortment of clothing and products on offer, hoping to improve her finances by covering events on special dates which are celebrated in Colombia.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Judith McInally

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