A loan of $1,025 helped working capital.

Alba Maria's story

Alba Maria V. is 46 years old, is single and has two children. Her son is 20 years old and works as a salesman, and her daughter is 16 years old and recently enrolled in the second year of secondary school. Her goal is to overcome difficulties and keep her business active. She hopes to be able to obtain her own house which she will be able to leave to her children, which is very important to her. Additionally she hopes that her children will have success in their studies so that they don't encounter difficulties in the future.

Alba runs a small store where she sells products such as snacks, candy, soda, basic supplies and other things. She started the business 6 years ago when a friend suggested that she open a store in her home. She started selling bread and snacks, and later as she built her customer base she expanded her business. The loan is for working capital to be used to buy toys, children's clothes and candy to sell during the holiday season, when her customers look for the most favourable places to buy gifts.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sally Bolton

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