A loan of $575 helped part is to buy a vertical display case to exhibit the merchandise and part to buy clothing and a few small home appliances to prepare for the second semester of the year which is when there is a peak in sales.


Bertha Rosa's story

Bertha Rosa Díaz B., 48, lives in the Los Almendros de Soledad neighborhood with her spouse and two children who are 14 and 20 years of age. Her business consists in sale of clothing, kitchen items and cosmetics via catalogue orders that she places with a distributor but she also buys direct from a market in downtown Barranquilla. She started out selling catalogue kitchen and cosmetic items, a business to which she was referred by a neighbor who recognized her enterprising capacity. Her greatest talent, however, is clothes-making but, the lack of funds to launch this potential, caused her to lean toward merchandise sales since working with middlemen on credit was a possibility. This is how she started with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo over 10 years ago when she would go to Maicao. However, she stopped doing that and now the Kiva loan is her second financing because she needs part of the funds to buy a vertical display case to exhibit her merchandise and part of it is to buy clothes and small home appliances to prepare for the second semester of the year which is when sales peak. Her dream is to have a locale that is well equipped with everything necessary for a good, permanent and attractive display of products.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz



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