A loan of $1,125 helped to buy a large volume of merchandise with special discounts.

Marlenis's story

Marlenis lives with her husband and two children, who are 14 and 16. They live in the Crespo neighborhood in the city of Cartagena, in a place that is very close to the ocean and the airport of that city. There she sells clothes that she offers through a specialized product guide. Four years ago, when Marlenis started providing transportation for children, she saw the market with the mothers of these little ones- the opportunity to sell them merchandise. She started with encouragement from a friend, who was already in the business via a catalogue. In this way, she got her first customers and gradually, with good service and what she was offering, her clientele grew. At present, the market segment that is by Marlenis is located in exclusive areas of the city of Cartagena, where she has found profitable customers who recommend her to their acquaintances. Her Kiva loan is the first loan she has had with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. With it, she will buy a large volume of merchandise that coms with good discounts. Her goal is to have an effect on her customers every day. She wants to make her dream come true of making more income that will allow her to save and offer more wellbeing to her family, so that her children in the future will become successful people.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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