Kiva is an organization that makes microloans to tiny businesses in the third world. The repayment rate is 97% according to the site. I'm using Kiva for our extended family project this year, something you might wish to think about.
If you would like to loan to Maria or any other entrepreneurs please head to Kiva.org. 100% of your loan goes directly to the borrower and you can loan as little as $25. Why not get started as an international financier today? With repayment rates around 96% you don’t have much to lose but you do have many lives to change.