A loan of $500 helped purchase products for her store.

Norma's story

Norma has had a bodega for over fifteen years. When she was young she used to help at the shop that her mother run, but once she got married she opened her own business to help her husband cover the house expenses.

In the morning, besides the usual, Norma sells basic food products, such as vegetables, fruit and meat. She keeps these items at home. She opens her minimarket at the evenings, too.

Part of the earnings are reinvested in more products to sell. Another part of the Earning is used for her home expenses. Throughout the time, she has helped her husband building their home and paying for their children’s education.

In the future, she would like to build extra rooms in her house and rent them.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jimena Lopez

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