A loan of $575 helped purchase staple products.

Celeste Ernesto Mucavele's story

Celeste Ernesto G. is a native of Mafuiane, one of the localities in the district of Namaacha which is one of the districts of the province of Maputo. She is 42 years old, married, and the mother of 5 children with ages 27, 25, 23, 19, and 16 respectively. She supports 2 children and 4 grandchildren who live with them.

Celeste went to school until the 5th grade in the old system of education. She did not continue because of a lack of conditions and she felt obligated to be in the home early. She moved from Mafuiane to a zone called Block 2 when she was married in a house of her husband's work where they lived for 10 years. Later they moved to Km 16 where they live today. She lives in her own home.

Celeste has been a merchant since 1981 which she learned through her friends and started selling fruits she acquired in the district of Boane. She has had an establishment for 9 years where she opens at 6:00am and closes at 6:00pm. She has a monthly income of 6,000MT and does not save anything due to the high costs of living.

This is Celeste's first loan with Hluvuku and with Kiva, which she intends to use to increase her stocks and grow her sales. She intends to pay it off before maturity so she can solicit another loan and improve the living conditions of her family.

Translated from Portuguese by Kiva volunteer

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