A loan of $525 helped to purchase clothing, perfumes and lotions to stock up her business.

Mayda Lizeth's story

Mayda is 21 years old. She has been married for the last three years, and her husband works in a supermarket. They have a one-year-old child. Mayda lives with them in the Puente Alto development in Puerto Cortes.

Mayda is a very enterprising young woman, who set up a business selling general merchandise three years ago. She was helped in this by her husband, who provided her with the capital to be able to work. She sells body lotions and hair lotions, women's perfumes, and second-hand clothing for men, women and children. She sells her merchandise as a street-vendor in the nearby communities. She thinks that the investment that was made in her has greatly helped, as she now has her own business and earns her own income. She works from 6 a.m. through to 4 p.m.

She is requesting a second loan of 10,000 lempiras, which will help her to invest in purchasing second-hand clothing, perfumes, and lotions. This will increase her inventory and provide her customers with better service.

Her goal is to become established as an individual retailer, so that she can have financial solvency to stock up with merchandise that she hasn't been able to purchase so far.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Arabella Pollack

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