A loan of $1,000 helped to buy more clothes, underwear and footwear.

Maria Fidelina's story

María is 40 years old and a single mother of four children; three of them still live with her. She’s been selling clothes for women, men and children, underwear and footwear for 8 years. She learned from a girlfriend who invited her to go out selling and she started out this way with just a little merchandise but gradually expanded it.

She buys the merchandise in the nation’s capital and it takes her about two hours to get there; she transports herself in her own vehicle. Sometimes she buys in a nearer city that’s only an hour away from her community. When she has to go far to get it, María rises at 4am to do so to then sell it but when she goes to get it closer she gets up at 5am. She travels distances of more or less an hour or an hour and a half in her own vehicle and she seeks out the market days in each city or if they have a holiday or special activity so she goes out every day.

She will use this loan to buy larger amounts of clothes for women, men and children, underwear and footwear because by buying the bundles it’s less expensive and she can start preparing for the Christmas season. She will buy more for a lower price which will allow for higher profits and more business growth at the same time. What María wants is to expand her coverage and sell other types of products, like dairy products, besides clothes.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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