A loan of $550 helped to buy video games to modernize her services and to buy merchandise for her store.

Claudia Patricia's story

Claudia is a very organized woman who started selling general store merchandise five years ago. She has managed to grow her business, gradually buying display cabinets and stocking her business with more merchandise. Her profits increased but her working capital wasn't enough to fulfil her dream and improve her business in a more effective way. With this in mind, Claudia joined Fundación Mario Santo Domingo five years ago. With the help of five loans and her own determination, she has managed to turn her small business into a point of service where not only does she offer a variety of merchandise but she also offers an Internet café service and photocopying services. Claudia's business is clearly a family one. Her husband and her children, aged 13, 16 and 17, all support her by serving in the business. In this way they have all strengthened their service vocation and this is one of their strengths.

Claudia's Kiva loan is her sixth loan from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. She will use it to buy video games in order to modernize her Play Station service which is no longer all the rage. She will also buy a variety of merchandise to stock her store. This investment will help her to increase demand and Claudia will thereby be able to develop her small business' entire operating capacity and increase her income.

Claudia's dream, and also her challenge, is to support the professional development of her children. She is prepared to direct all her efforts towards this goal and she hopes that, thanks to her business, she will be able to achieve it.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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