A loan of $850 helped to buy washing machines and various merchandise.

Glenys's story

Glenys is 37 years old and operates two businesses (one retail and one service) at the same time. She rents out washing machines to housewives so that they can do laundry for their families. Providing this option helps them to reduce their workload around the house. Her other business involves selling various types of merchandise such as colognes, deodorants, undergarments, sweaters, and Bermuda shorts. Glenys started her business when she left her hometown in search of opportunities to live peacefully and generate income needed to raise her family, which consists of her husband and five children who are now between the ages of 4 and 17.

Glenys initially started with two washing machines and later took advantage of her domestic clientele to sell products through specialty guides and catalogs. She began accessing burdensome loans that were being offered in her neighborhood by people who were in that type of business. Glenys was able to get out of those loans over time through hard work. She currently approached Fundación Mario Santo Domingo about gaining capital with a low-interest Kiva loan. This is the first time she has accessed the benefits of the organization, as well as a Kiva loan. She will buy washing machines and various merchandise so that she can meet the year-end demand that usually increases at this time and allows her to generate more income compared to other seasons. For this reason, she wants to take advantage one more time.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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