A loan of $550 helped to buy rice, sugar, coffee, churros, eggs, lard, bleach, soap, sauces, bread, soft drinks, cookies, milk.

Marlen Argelia's story

Young Marlen R. has a small grocery store in her home. She gets up at 5:00 am to do housework and later opens her business at 6:00 am to attend to her customers. She lives with her mom and has a 2 year old son. She has the responsibility of raising her son alone since her husband had to emigrate to the United States to be able to provide his family with a better quality of life. But as it has not been possible for him to help them, she has worked for more than 4 years in her grocery store. On Saturdays and Sundays she studies at the University. She is studying for a teaching degree. She lives 10 kilometers from the city.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emily Meinecke

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