A loan of $1,000 helped purchase toys & Christmas lights.


Carmen Domitila's story

Carmen, age 47, has a vending stand where she sells toys, lights, and accessories. She lives with her son in an urban area called Orquídeas that was named after the many flowers that existed upon its discovery. There is now a park where orchids continue to grow.


Carmen began selling individual toys as way of having her own business. With a little effort and the motivation of supporting her son as a single mother, she opened a vending stand where she sells toys, lights, accessories, and other items. She gradually increased her inventory and now works every day from 7am to 2pm. Carmen sells Christmas lights for $2.25, toys for $2.00, and glasses for $0.60/each. One of the difficulties she faces is combating illness.


With this loan Carmen wants to buy toys and lights for the Christmas season, the time when she sells the most. In the future she wants to increase her inventory of merchandise and open her own store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica



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