A loan of $550 helped to buy "male themed" merchandise such as colognes, shoes and clothes.

Maria Estella's story

Maria lives in Soledad City with her husband and three children ages 3 to 20. She hopes her children are prosperous and develop as good people, good family members and good examples for their children. Maria has a business called “Miscellaneous MEB”. She sells flip-flops, sandals, paper products and general accessories. She began this business in order to earn an income for her family and improve their quality of life. Maria began this business with a little working capital, which she used to buy a small amount of merchandise that she sold on short-term credit to her family members, friends and people she knows. Gradually, as she grew her business, she had savings that she used to buy showcases and a shop location in a commercial center. This has worked out well as she is able to offer her customers more products. Each season provides the opportunity to offer merchandise pertaining to that season, such as products for Carnival, Christmas, New Years, Halloween, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. Father’s Day is approaching and she is preparing merchandise for this season. This justifies her request for a loan from credikiva, which is her first loan from the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation. She will use this loan to buy masculine type merchandise such as colognes, clothes and shoes in order to meet the demand for this family celebration. Maria would like to expand her business. She would move to a larger place in the same area. This location is where she has her customer base.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Esther Levandoski

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