A loan of $1,150 helped buying lingerie, purses, blouses, skirts and shoes to sell.

María Estela's story

María Estela C. J. is 39 years old and lives with her two daughters, aged 20 and 14. Only the younger daughter is in school, since the older daughter helps her mother with her business. They live together in Santiago de María, which is located in the department of Usulután. María has a business selling women's lingerie, and she also sells purses of various styles. Her prices are very affordable, which is good for her business, since her stand is located in Santiago de María's market, where there are many other stalls offering the same items as well as other types of clothing, so María has to offer better prices to attract more customers. María is requesting a loan to buy lingerie items by the dozen, so that she can obtain lower prices, and also to stock her stand with blouses, shoes and skirts, so that she can offer more clothing to her customers. María is a very energetic woman who works very hard to help her family get ahead.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman

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