A loan of $525 helped to buy sweet treats to stock her street stall, and to buy cosmetics and accessories.

Edilma Maria's story

56-year-old Edilma is a mother of three children. She lives in the city of Cartagena where she works as a saleswoman. She sells food products such as sweet treats and also sells a range of merchandise to order. She distributes her merchandise customer to customer in her neighborhood and surrounding areas. Before she started her life as a saleswoman, Edilma worked as a maid. She gradually saved up until she'd gathered together her first lot of capital and then started working for herself in this business. She makes her sales on credit and buys with cash. She is preparing to buy a larger volume of merchandise as she needs to have enough stock to deal with the final quarter of the year which is a period when she makes good sales.

Edilma will use her Kiva loan, which is the first loan she has received from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, to buy sweet treats with which to stock her street stall, and also to buy cosmetics and accessories. Her goal for the future is to own her own home and to set up a well-constructed sales location there. This is why her vision for her business is simply to grow it.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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