A loan of $1,175 helped increase merchandise and buy materials.

Gladis's story

Gladis is thirty years old and single. She lives in her own house with her daughters; Celeste is eight, and Erica is two and a half. She describes herself as being a very curious person. Her initiative to sell beauty products was born from this curiosity. She gives her customers advice about which cosmetics are best for them according to their complexion and the color of their skin.

Being a very creative woman, she also makes beautiful necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, etc. She has been in this business for one year, and it been going very well. Everything that she designs and offers is much in customer demand. Because of this she has a secure monthly income, which is very profitable.

Gladis really likes her work. Since she does not have a boss, she gets to decide herself what to do and when to do it. This gives her time to take care of her daughters. But, her work is not easy. It requires great dedication and effort to make each one of her pieces of jewelry. It also requires good vision and being good at close work.

In the near future, Gladis would like to have a large bazaar where she could offer all of her merchandise.

This is her first individual loan with MFP. She was punctual with all of her payments when she worked with a community bank. With the money she will buy more cosmetics to fill her orders. She will also buy beads, and other stones to make her lovely jewelry.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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