A loan of $800 helped to invest in her store and earn more income.

Carmen Amabel's story

Carmen, 50, went to school through sixth grade, but then her father died so she had to start working to help her mother with household expenses. Carmen never married and has no children.

Carmen is a hard-working woman with a desire to succeed. When she left school, she started working in a tortilla shop at the age of 15. She worked there for 15 years and then her mother was able to open a small store from home. Unfortunately, she passed away shortly after so this is how Carmen came to continue the small business that her mother started with much sacrifice and dedication. Now, 21 years have passed since her mother's passing and the business is still going. She depends on the income to pay household expenses.

With this loan, Carmen will invest in her store again so she will have a source of income and also a business that is a memory of the most special person. She will continue like this for a long time to serve her customers. This will help Carmen grow her business.

Thanks to this loan, Carmen will fulfill one of her dreams, which is to grow her business. Also, she always wanted to have a clothing store, and she knows that if everything goes as planned, she will be able to fulfill all of her goals.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Polenske

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