A loan of $550 helped to purchase used clothing and shoes.

Otilia's story

Otilia is a member of the communal bank "Las Aguerridas II" of the district of Tarapoto in the province and department of San Martin. She is married, 53 years old, and she has a 20-year old son. He is attending post-secondary education specializing in economics.

For the past 6 years she has been working as a janitor in various houses. But with the passage of time she felt tired and she did not have any time to spend with her family. For this reason and under her own initiative she started out selling clothing.

Her first loan was in the amount of S/.300 nuevos soles, granted by the Manuela Ramos movement (Kiva Field Partner). She started out her used clothing sales business. She tells us that is has done very well especially because she carries out her sales outside of the city. She has a steady roster of clients. She has increased her business by incorporating the sale of blouses, pants, skirts, and ladies' shoes. This has earned her a very good clientele. This business provides her with a very good income and it provides her with great satisfaction.

With this new loan in the amount of S/. 1000 nuevos soles she will purchase more dresses, blouses, pant, polo shirts, used skirts, and shoes in various models and brands.

Otilia is a hardworking and enthusiastic woman whose dream is to have an inventory of top quality clothing of popular brand names and styles to improve her income.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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