A loan of $275 helped to buy cosmetics and silver jewelry.

Marlene Del Socorro's story

Marlene, 40, lives in Teustepe, Boaco Municipality. She’s a single mother with an 11-year-old son. She sells cosmetics and silver jewelry from place to place. She’s been selling this way for more than ten years having started out selling used clothes and then introducing cosmetics and silver jewelry.

Her work day starts very early in the morning when she gets her son ready for school. Then she gets her tote bags ready filling them with cosmetics and silver jewelry to go out looking for customers. She sells to teachers in schools, in firms, factories, office employees and housewives. She returns home in the evening after a very long work day throughout the city streets. Her objective is to provide schooling for her son and also to buy a house of her own but she needs to sell more products and acquire more customers. She needs the loan to buy cosmetics and silver jewelry.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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