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Maria Lucaria is from Mexico. She has 4 children. She needs a loan of $400 Purchase fruit.
Doña Maria Lucaria has received a loan from World Vision before. Since then, she has been able to strengthen her business through the purchase of a small cart and was able to build a small 2 bedroom home.
She has always paid back her loans, and is elated that she has been able to move forward economically. This loan will help her continue to do well by allowing her to purchase more fruit, and thereby satisfy more happy customers.
She says, “My wish is that my children are able to finish school, and that I can continue with my business.”
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.
Home to a primarily ethnic Mazahua population, the community of Najhé is located in a mountainous region in northeastern Mexico State. The climate is sub-humid, but temperatures are typically cool due to the region’s high elevation. Windstorms are common during the early spring, followed by heavy rains in the summer and frost in the winter.
Women in Najhé continue to wear typical Mazahua dress, and some community members uphold traditional artisan practices, producing pottery, woodwork, and crafts made of wool. The primary economic activity is agriculture. Squash, beans, and fruit are grown for consumption, while corn is grown both to eat and to sell.
World Vision’s work in Najhé includes agricultural assistance to improve nutrition and family incomes; vocational training and tutoring sessions; and self-esteem workshops. We are also working to improve health conditions by training volunteers who can educate community members and by providing housing materials that will contribute to better living environments.
Mrs. Lucaria used her loan from World Vision to purchase the food and supplies she needed for her juice stand. Specifically, she used her loan to purchase more fruit and utensils, such as knives.
Mrs. Lucaria continues to repay her loan on time and would like to thank all of the donors who funded her loan, as she now feels that she is able to provide her family with a better life.
Maria Lucaria's business of selling fruit cocktails and orange juice has improved. She invested the loan into purchasing more materials and ingredients. She has reinvested her profits again to purchase even more things for her business. At this time of the year, when the weather is hot, sales increase.
Now she has enough money to make improvements to her house. She still needs windows. She has also been able to pay for her mother's treatment when she became sick. Maria is helping her daughters to have an education. She wants for them to be successful in life.
Maria is very grateful for the loan that she received because it has been of great help to her and she has obtained greater results than what she had hoped for. One of her dreams is to have a location for her business and continue growing. She also would like to continue being part of the loan program. She does not owe anything and has always been punctual with her loan payments. Her loan is now paid in full. These funds are available to help another worthy entrepreneur in her community. Thank you for supporting Maria and World Vision Micro!