A loan of $2,100 helped buy a refrigerator and stock frozen meat and drinks, etc.


Maria Elena's story

47-year old María is a lovely woman who, together with her husband, opened a store in order to increase their income and have some savings for when times were hard. She has five children, all of whom live at home and are still dependent on her and her husband. She prefers that they study and one day return the care and sacrifice that she has made for her beloved children. She employs one person whom she pays on a daily basis. In a plan to attract more customers, María is seeking a loan to buy a refrigerator so she can sell frozen meat and other products that need to be kept cold such as drinks, vegetables, milk etc. She wants to turn her shop into a grocery store where customers can find all their daily needs. Then she will earn more money and her customers will also benefit. María will stock the refrigerator with a variety of products with the sole aim of improving her family’s quality of life.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A



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