A loan of $450 helped to buy shoes.

Ma Eusebia's story

Mari, like she likes to be called, is 31 years old. She sells various brands of shoes by catalogue. She started this type of business 8 years ago. She comments that she started selling shoes because she helped one of her sisters-in-law and she’d give her a commission on the shoes she’d sell. Later on, Mari decided to branch out independently and start her own business in order to have good profits. She comments that it was very difficult in the beginning because she sells the shoes in installments and she had to invest a lot of money. She comments that currently she has a more or less good customer base; she has approximately 300 customers that, thanks be to God, are good payers.

She sells her shoes to acquaintances and people who have steady employment so that they won’t default on her. She likes her work a lot because she has time to care for her daughters and be watchful of their schooling.

Mari is married to Miguel Ángel who works in the United States as a laborer. They’ve been married 10 years and have two daughters: Karla, 10 and Aylin, 8; both go to elementary school.

She mentions that her dream would be to have her husband return and to set up a shoe store together. Another one of her dreams is that her daughters have careers because she says that’s the best inheritance parents can leave their children.

She comments that she’ll use profits from the shoe sales to buy school supplies and uniforms for the new school term.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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