A loan of $675 helped buy in volume boxes of soft drinks, drinks, and silver jewelry like bracelets, rings, chains, and ankle bracelets for women.


Lorena's story

Lorena Jiménez M. lives in the 20 de Julio neighborhood in warm Barranquilla. She is a 21 year old young woman who is very enterprising. At her age she is already the proprietor of a business, La Gran Estación. Lorena gave it that name because everyone who passes by stops to refresh themselves. The prevailing climate makes it obligatory. This young woman’s activities have no limits. She also sells merchandise for women, especially silver accessories. Everyday in her businesses she sees her merchandise rotate rapidly. She needs to be stocked up on drinks and everything her customers request. With that objective, she is applying for a loan for 1,300,000 COP to buy in volume. She will buy boxes of soft drinks, drinks, and silver jewelry like bracelets, rings, chains, and ankle bracelets for women. Lorena started her enterprising adventure before she was of age with small sales activities. Then she sold products by catalog. When she was working as an employee she was laid off. She used all of her assets to start this great business. She was adding, with the help of her first loan with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, other activities like selling cool drinks. She sells where the pedestrians and neighbors who circulate around here must stop. Her income has increased, which gives her the opportunity to start a technical career. Lorena is very happy with her small two year old son, her studies, and her work as a businesswoman. She has many dreams associated with her personal growth and her business. She is currently working to finish her career. She is looking for better life options and to strengthen the sustainability of her current business. She yearns to have her own house in which to share the future with her little one.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish



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