A loan of $950 helped working capital.

Maria Elena's story

Maria Elena T. R. is a native of the Guatamalan "departamento" of Totonicapan, the chilliest part of the country. It's known as an especially salubrious place because of its climate and extensive woodlands. Maria operates a business selling women's footwear, work that she's been doing for some years. She buys merchandise from various suppliers and sells them in the departamento of Huenhuetenango y Mazatenango and the town of La Mesilla. She's applying for a loan from Asdir Totonicapan so that she can buy merchandise and make the most of the upcoming 2009 school year. The earnings that she'll get will allow her to improve her family's quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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