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From a very young age, Lorena witnessed firsthand what it means to run a small business through helping with the day-to-day activities of running her family’s restaurant in Sinaloa, Mexico. Lorena caught the entrepreneurial spirit through these early experiences and she decided she would someday follow in her parents' footsteps.

Four years ago, money was tight for this single mother and she began to sell personal belongings at yard sales and swap-meets to supplement her income and support her family. She soon realized that she had a natural ability in sales and would quickly sell out of her daily inventory. Her friends took notice of her sales abilities and began to ask her to sell their stuff as well.

Lorena’s discovered love for retail led her to open her own business selling clothing and accessories at local swap meets. Her new business is giving Lorena the opportunity she needs to better provide for her kids and create a better future for them.

Though Lorena’s business is growing, she lacks the capital to purchase more quality inventory. Lorena will use her $3,200 Kiva loan to purchase much needed inventory in time for the holiday season. She dreams of someday growing her business to the point where she can move into a storefront boutique.

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  • $54,800
    Average annual income
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  • $12,223,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
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    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $3,200 helped Lorena to purchase inventory in time for the holiday season.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
26 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 12, 2012
Nov 6, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 17, 2014