A loan of $1,050 helped to buy merchandise, such as body creams and perfumes.

Marinela Del Socorro's story

Young Marinela, 26, is the mother of 3 children aged 5, 4 and a newborn baby who is 3 months old. She works each day for them, in order to provide for them and support her husband financially. Young Marinela has had a business selling merchandise, such as cosmetic products through a catalog, for 5 years. She started in this line of work with the goal of seeking a better income to support her family. Young Marinela has an established customer base, between the neighbors in her village, relatives and friends from the municipality of Carmen de Viboral, located to the east of Antioquia. In order to recover the merchandise she lost when she had customers who did not pay her, Marinela needs to buy more merchandise to offer to new customers, and in this way improve the well-being of her family and accomplish her goal of having her own store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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