A loan of $450 helped to purchase the merchandise that her customers have ordered, such as women's clothing, underwear, shoes, drinks and liquor.


Lidia Esther's story

Lidia Gutiérrez is a determined and enterprising woman who lives in Soledad. She began her business at the age of 19 to help sustain her family of four children, who today age between 26 and 32 years of age. Until Lidia began her business, this financial obligation was the sole responsibility of her husband, a company worker who had also taken on the financial responsibility of a mortgage. Lidia began working by selling a hamper of beer every week, gradually increasing her sales until she reached 40 boxes a month. Later she added another product, whisky, and in this way she was able to develop a solid client base, adding other items which she saw people buying very frequently, especially women, such as underwear and bathing suits which are always in season.

Lidia's dream is to fit out a room where she can exhibit all of her products, and she would particularly like to have a strategically located stall so that on special days when people are more inclined to make purchases she could have a point of sale where her clients can find her quickly.

This is Lidia's first loan with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. With this loan from Kiva she plans to increase her working capital and purchase the merchandise that her customers have ordered, such as women's clothing, underwear, shoes, drinks and liquor, since Mother's Day is coming up and every family wants to come together and spoil the women in their lives, be they mothers, wives, daughters or friends.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Suzanne Grasso



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