A loan of $575 helped to buy two display cases, raw materials like needles and thread, and goods like appliques, and varied merchandise, like perfume and makeup.

Arledis's story

Forty-two year old Arledís lives with her husband and has four children, ages 12 to 24 years, whose wellbeing she wants to support as much as she can. This is why she has a business, with which she can earn income by selling perfume, creams, cosmetics. She opened it a year ago with very little capital, but in the interim she has gained many customers, continued to expand it, and gotten together other providers who give her catalogues or specialized directories, through which she can promote and sell her products.

She sells on credit based on orders and sometimes by payment on delivery; Lately her sales have increased, and because of this she bought a sewing machine to make clothing for her customers. That's why her customers have increased in number, since she has gotten recommendations from friends and neighbors, and having the necessary startup capital to satisfy them is a challenge.

This is the reason why she is asking for a Kiva loan, since she wants to expand her two businesses. That is why she is planning on getting this loan—she wants to buy two display cases, raw materials like needles and thread, goods like appliques and varied merchandise, like perfumes and makeup, all of which she will put in her display cases. Her plan is to organize an infrastructure over time and to give it her all. The tools, machines, and equipment are necessary for the proper functioning of her businesses.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kaleigh Oleynik

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