A loan of $325 helped to buy a variety of merchandise such as perfume, underwear, costume jewlry and bedcovers.

Cinder Del Socorro's story

Cinder, 33, is a married woman with three children, who are 12 to 15 years old. She has a business selling a variety of merchandise to customers on credit. Her clients are located close to home in nearby neighborhoods and in the city of Barranquilla, where she has relatives who refer new customers to her.

Cinder began her life as a merchant six years ago with a small inventory, but gradually acquired new products and thereby options of selling through the specialized catalogs of multinational businesses to which she has established ties. Lately, an entrepreneur associated with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo has been selling her the bedcovers she makes so that Cinder can re-sell them and earn money as well. Now she has many orders for her products but must have available working capital in order to fill her customer’s orders in a timely fashion. Consequently she is applying for a Kiva loan, her first financing from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. She will buy a variety of merchandise, such as perfume, underwear, costume jewelry and bed covers.

Cinder’s later goal is to finish upgrading her dwelling, which she recently acquired, and to continue expanding her business in order to fulfill her dreams of helping her children attain a successful future.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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