A loan of $825 helped to buy merchandise and pay for it upfront and in quantities that would mean significant discounts for her.

Daisy Judith's story

Mrs. Daisy Bermúdez Q. is 44 years old. She is separated and lives with her 13 year old daughter in an apartment in Barranquilla. For three years she has been selling merchandise such as women's outerwear, bags, wallets, creams and silver accessories. Her selling experience began more than thirty years ago when she began selling candy at high school to pay for her textbooks. Recently, Daisy has been distributing a line of women's underwear that they send her from the city of Medellín and it has been very popular, especially with young women because they are pieces adorned with lace and embroidery that give them a sexy and feminie look. Daisy's clientele is made up of friends, neighbors, relatives and referrals to whom she gives up to 60 days to pay her in two, three, or four payments.

This is the first loan that Daisy has taken out with the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation and she will invest it in buying merchandise and paying for it upfront in quantities that will mean significant discounts for her. In the future, her plans are to open a small store in a mall to offer her products and connect with new customers who will pay up front. With pride and happiness, Daisy affirms that "by selling merchandise" she has been able to finance her young daughter's high school education at one of the best private high schools in the city. This shows how important her work has been for her family. Her dream for the future are to also be able to finance her university studies because according to her, the best legacy a parent can leave a child is a good education based in Christian values.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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