A loan of $575 helped to buy a photocopier, a display case, and more merchandise.

Sandra Patricia's story

Sandra, age 30, is married and has a two year old son. She has a general store where she sells school supplies, stationery, and general merchandise. She started the business eight years ago with the savings that she and her husband had. When she worked with her mother she gained a better understanding of the market.

Her dream is to continue growing. She lacks more working capital, and she wishes to invest it for the season; like the approaching end of the year, Christmas, and New Year’s; when there is greater commercial movement. This season brings with it elegance and distinction when families dress well and decorate their homes with general ornaments. Sandra usually sells during this time, and she wants to have merchandise to offer.

Her Kiva loan is her first loan that she has had with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. She will use the loan to buy a photocopier, a display case, and more merchandise. She plans for this investment to be successful because it will allow her to add a new service, photocopying. It will secure a new display case that is newly stocked and displays the merchandise well. She will have appropriate products for the end of the years. Her customers will run to her store to buy from her, she will be able to earn money with her work.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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