A loan of $1,000 helped to purchase a variety of merchandise to diversify her inventory.

Maria Gertrudis's story

Maria Gertrudis is from the beautiful city of Bogotà, the capital of Colombia. She says that she did very well with her previous Kiva loan because she was able to fulfill all of the orders her customers placed with her through specialty catalogs. In addition, she purchased sale items so that she could offer them at better prices to her customers and increase her product rotation.

Maria is currently studying cosmetology. This is a big step for her because she will be able to earn more income. Once she learns how to administer manicures and pedicures and begins providing these services from her home, she will be able to advise her customers as to what beauty products they require and then be able to sell them.

Maria has the following message to the Kiva lenders: “Thank you for the opportunity you have given me and for believing in me. As a result, I have extra income for my family.” Now she is applying for her second Kiva loan and needs to make a few adjustments to her purchases so that she can diversify. It is for this reason that she has returned to secure financing. To learn more about Maria’s story, please click on the following link: http://kiva.org/lend/204888

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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