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A loan of $1,175 helped buy artisan crafts and general merchandise to sell.

Jenny's story

Jenny, 55 years old, is an enterprising woman who has 4 children, aged between 22 to 35, and lives in the city of Barranquilla. She has had a store here since 1982. She had no source of income and decided to begin her enterprising adventure with a little capital, renting a space where she installed a kiosk. It still exists and at present she sells soft drinks and artisan crafts.

During the local fairs Jenny exhibits her products and has to look for an assistant because sales increase and she can't attend to all the business. Her largest sales occur during June and July, and between December and carnival, when many people buy back packs and attire to add to their costumes.

Jenny is a very responsible with her obligations and she is notably punctual in her payments. Her children are all professionals and this has been achieved with her help and the discipline required by their studies. Her principal customers are passers-by and she uses suppliers in Cucuta in the north of Santander, where her children live and can help.

Through her work, Jenny has acquired her home and a stall which she rents in the popular gallery of the city of Valledupar. This 'credikiva' will be her 5th loan received through the Fundacion Mario Santo Domingo. Jenny will buy artisan crafts, and general merchandise to restock her kiosk, because the era when her sales pick up is very near and she needs to be prepared if she is to continue successfully responding to her decision to make her business grow.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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