A loan of $400 helped to buy men's and women's clothing.

Mariela Del Carmen's story

Mariela, age 36, has two children and lives in the city of Granada. She was only able to stay in school until the secondary level. She has sold men's and women's clothing for two years. Her life has two facets; that of mother and that of merchant. She gets up every morning to get her children ready and take them to school, and then she takes care of her clothing business. She opens her store early in the morning, dressing the mannequins in order to draw the attention of her customers. She is very active and enjoys being in motion and in contact with people, and she carries on even though it is very hard at times and she gets tired. This business has allowed her to achieve her independence as a woman and to get her children ahead. She is working for a better future for them.
She has taken out this loan for the purchase of men's and women's clothing. Through varying her styles and looking for accessible items, she is able to move her merchandise and sell it. One of her goals is to expand her sales and start selling new products in order to make her store more attractive. She enjoys being dynamic and distinguishing herself from among the other merchants.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper

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