A loan of $850 helped to buy plastic bags.

Libia Esther's story

Libia has three children whose ages range from 13 to 29. She owns a business selling plastic bags in all sizes, an activity she started when her children were little. She became unemployed and she was separated so she had to find alternative ways to generate household income. Initially she worked as an employee in a firm but when they closed it she took her savings from her severance pay and invested it into her plastic bag business. Since then, her development as an independent, autonomous woman has led to her children being educated and every day she plans to make it grow in search of better opportunities for success for all of her family.

Her Kiva loan is the first financing she’s had from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo which she’ll use to buy larger amounts of plastic bags in order to qualify for volume purchase discounts and pass on the savings to her customers. Her goal for later on is to have a refreshments business with an Internet Café to take advantage of the commercial location of her house which is located on a corner where many potential customers pass by.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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