A loan of $450 helped to buy underwear for men, women and children, as well as creams, colours and perfumes.

Arlen Patricia's story

Arlen is a young lady with initiative - she has been running her business selling secondhand clothes and cosmetics for several years. She started out with the help of her husband who is a bricklayer. She has only one young son. Her main objective is to be able to do up their small room as they have such little space. She hopes to make it a bit bigger so that it is more comfortable. She has a stock of clothes that she hopes will sell quickly and will give her an income. With the money she wants to increase her sales as she has many orders from Avon as she works through the catalogues. With this loan she will buy new clothes, underwear for men and women as well as a variety of good quality suncreams for this summer which she will sell at an affordable price. In the future she would like to have a stall from which she can display her clothing to her clients and thus increase her sales.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lara Francis

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