A loan of $375 helped to buy cosmetics and her medication.

Mary Lucy's story

For five years, Mary Lucy has been selling beauty products. She started out helping a family member by selling, but later decided to become a beauty consultant and to sell for herself.

Besides this small business, Mary Lucy has been selling beer for 12 years. Initially, she started this business selling only soft drinks, but competition with other stores was stopping her business from growing and so after observing the market, she decided to sell only beer and to sell at nighttime.

Part of the money she makes from beer sales goes to help her mother, a senior citizen. She also uses her income to invest in her children's studies and finally the money from her cosmetics' sales is used to pay for medications which she needs for her asthma. Her husband, who works painting buildings, helps her with the majority of the household expenses.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer L K

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