A loan of $1,125 helped purchase clothing and costumes for holidays and celebrations.

Judith's story

Judith B. L. is 63 years old, lives with her spouse, and has four children.

When she was 34, she began selling children's underwear to contribute to household expenses. Slowly, with the help of her husband, who gave her money every month, she was able to build her dream. "Variedades Judith" [Judith's Variety Store] was growing slowly until she came to the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation ten years ago. There, she has received four loans, which she has used with a lot of success. For example, she has increased the capital in her business, sent her children to school, and turned the second floor of her house into an apartment, which also generates income, and often covers the cost of food.

Today, her children are working professionals, which she says is the result of the support they received, which added discipline in their work and in the investment. Judith dreams of putting her store in the lower part of her house, and to continue increasing her working capital in order to organize a distribution system for other working women so that they can have a source of income as well. This loan would be her fourth, and she plans to stock up on a variety of clothing and costumes for holidays that are coming up: a feast for ones in love, a feast of the angels, Halloween, and especially for December, when everyone buys what she is selling.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eileen Lloyd

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