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Maria Magdalena is from Mexico. She needs a loan of $475 to buy ingredients such as tomatoes, chili, onions, lettuce, potatoes, maize, cheese, sour cream, cooking oil, meat, table salt, rice and beans.
Maria Magdalena lives in a small community in the state of Oaxaca called Ometepec, meaning “place between two hills.” In this area there is a lot more than meets the eye. Its people come from a native group called “Amuzgos,” which means “place where there are libraries,” perhaps because of the features of sensitivity and wisdom of the inhabitants. Their eternal principle is to keep a balance between society and nature. For instance, they continue creating their typical embroidered clothing, which is also embellished with a natural dye. When they come down to the reefs in the ocean, they gently extract the color of the winkles and put the little animal back into the sea.
Maria Magdalena lives in this beautiful place with her husband Luis Miguel, an electrician, and their two children: Pablo and Roberto. Four years ago, she began selling typical Mexican snacks because she wanted to provide her family with better living conditions. So far, Magda (as the people call her) has never faced any trouble in her business or personal life that she couldn't handle and has been able to buy the most necessary goods.
Though her business is doing well, Magda would like to expand and improve it but lacks the financial capital to do so. With a loan from World Vision she will be able to buy more ingredients for cooking, including tomatoes, chili, onions, potatoes, lettuce, maize, cheese, sour cream, cooking oil, table salt, rice and beans. With the additional profits she will be able to better provide for the needs of her family and reinvest in her business.
Magda's greatest goal is to have her own restaurant someday in order to offer more snacks and dishes to her clients and to increase her customer base.
Retail is a quick and scalable way to begin earning a profit. Many entrepreneurs begin with stalls at markets or even at home and need a loan to expand or increase their inventory. Others may be ready to open a small store. Goods purchased from loan funds range from clothing, grocery or sundry items to jewelry, candy, perfume or health and beauty supplies. Loans in the commerce sector account for around 33% of our loans.
The small community of Rio Santa Catarina, which derives its name from a local river, has a mountainous terrain and warm climate. Economic opportunities in this community are diverse as a result of its close proximity to the growing city of Ometepec.
In Rio Santa Catarina, World Vision is assisting farmers with production and marketing; educating families on disaster preparedness; and working to improve education through tutoring and teacher training. We are also providing healthcare services, nutritional training, and housing assistance.
Thank you for supporting a small business loan for Maria Magdalena Renteria Agama to expand her food and retail business. After receiving the loan from World Vision, she invested the $475 to buy ingredients, such as, tomatoes, chili, onions, lettuce, potatoes, maize, cheese, sour cream, cooking oil, meat, table salt, rice and beans. Maria Magdalena has been repaying her loan on time with her new profits. She makes weekly payments of $19.
In addition to repaying her loan, Maria Magdalena is using additional income to purchase food for the family, buy supplies in bulk and pay for transportation. Maria Magdalena's child continues to study in school.
Thank you for supporting Maria Magdalena and World Vision Micro!
Thank you for supporting the small loan for Maria Magdalena Renteria Agama to improve her food and retail business. She invested her loan of $475 to buy ingredients for her Mexican dishes and snacks.
Maria Magdalena has now repaid her loan in full. In addition to repaying her loan, Maria Magdalena has used her additional income to buy supplies in bulk and pay for transportation.
Maria Magdalena's child continues to study in school.
The loan Maria Magdalena received helped her business expand and the profits she is earning is creating lasting improvements in her life. In the future Maria Magdalena hopes to expand her current business and take out another loan.
Thank you for your support of Maria Magdalena and World Vision Micro. These funds are now being recycled to support another eager entrepreneur in the same community.