A loan of $1,000 helped to buy merchandise to build her inventory of clothes, perfume and cosmetics.

Patricia's story

Señora Patricia is a single 45-year-old woman. She has three grown children. In spite of the fact that she suffered a great deal of mistreatment from the father of her children, she has been able to make progress, and to have her own little house and make her own income. She is a very hardworking and determined woman. Four years ago, she started her own business selling jewelry. She found out about the Foundation through another borrower. This is her first loan. Apart from selling jewelry and catalogue items, she also makes clay crafts and ceramics to sell.

For the past four years she has been selling items from catalogues. She tells us that this has gone very well, and that she also buys clothes and resells them. In the patio of her house she has a small room where she keeps her materials to make her clay and ceramic crafts. She intends to invest the funds from this loan in merchandise for her catalogue sales, since she has a number of orders and for lack of capital has not been able to fulfill them.

Little by little she has taught herself how to make the crafts that she makes today. She sells her crafts from the room that she has. She keeps it orderly and clean since this is where her customers come and see her crafts and the items she offers from the catalogues.

Patricia gets up very early. She does her household chores, and during the day she sells her merchandise, and at night she paints her crafts. She is a woman who has made great progress through her own efforts. The process of teaching herself has taught her about herself and has helped to improve her self-esteem. With this loan she will have more capital to be able to continue selling her products.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kevin Bohnert

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