A loan of $1,125 helped to increase the merchandise in her store.

Martha's story

Martha is 42 years old, and she lives with her partner who is a workman. They have 3 daughters; Hilda is 21, Margaret is 16, and Pilar is 9. Pilar is the only daughter that lives with her parents. It was not easy, and it took great effort, but two years ago Martha started a store. She had to sacrifice many comforts to do this, but happily the business has been profitable. Her store is popular because stores are scarce in the area where she lives. She likes her work because she can take care of her household expenses and be independent. But it is hard for her to keep the store stocked. The market is far from her home, and access to her house is very limited. Even so, Martha puts forth all of her will and effort. Her daughters are the principal source of support. Her youngest is especially supportive. With her joy and charisma she attracts and helps lots of customers. With all of the effort that she puts into her business Martha hopes that her business will grow and become more profitable. Martha has had several loans with MFP. This is her first individual loan. She promises to make her payments on time just as she has done with her community bank. With the loan she will buy merchandise to stock her store. She will buy school supplies. They are much in demand in this part of the school year.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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