A loan of $1,700 helped to buy beauty products and make improvements to her facilities.

Gladis's story

Gladis, 66, lives with her husband and son in the southwestern part of the city. She has been a merchant for 24 years because she wanted to help her husband meet her family's needs. Coincidentally, a friend took her to a meeting where she ended up selling a variety of merchandise. Gladis has had several loans with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, with which she purchased beauty and hair products, perfumes, and creams to sell to customers. She increased her capital and sales potential. She is pleased to have the chance to buy wholesale merchandise, reach her goals, and win prizes that she has sold to earn a bit more money. These prizes are offered to her by the multinational company that sells merchandise to her and provides her with promotional materials.

Her entrepreneurship and loans have helped to make her life and home more comfortable and pleasing, to stabilize her business, and to pave her career path. This makes a good impression on her customers, and they want to visit her business and buy from her. She is applying for her first Kiva loan to buy more beauty products and make improvements to her facilities. This will make her life and that of her family more comfortable, while increasing her working capital and inventory to attract new customers.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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