A loan of $800 helped to buy bundles of second-hand clothes.


Vilma Emelina's story

Vilma is a housewife and trader. She is 49 years old, married, and has 6 children. She lives in the hamlet of La Puerta in the Lepaguare community in Olancho.
She started out earning a living selling cosmetics, but now she sells second hand clothes for kids and bedding. She had the idea to start this business after seeing some of her neighbors selling clothes and doing well from it. So, she bought a bundle of clothes and got very good returns and also was able to keep some items for her own use. She does not have set work hours, but her customers can come and find her in her house and she also goes around the community making sales when she has finished the daily housework. One of the advantages of this work is that the income enables her to help her husband with the household expenses. One of the drawbacks is that, as she sells her goods in the street, she is exposed to all types of weather.
She will use this loan to buy three bundles of second-hand clothing and this will leave her business better supplied. The resulting income will enable her to keep supporting the daily needs of her family. Her dream is to open a store so she can have another source of income to support her youngest daughter's studies.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alison Hynd



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