A loan of $1,725 helped to buy varied merchandise, shoes, cosmetics, soaps, feminine accents for the home, and paper goods.

Marlene's story

48 year old Marlene is a married woman who has four children, ages 17 to 28 years. She lives in the county of Soleded, 15 minutes from the city of Barranquilla. There she has a shop where she sells food, provisions, and goods from the family shopping cart. She started her business 23 years ago, when she met her husband, proprietor of the store, and she decided to help him with the daily sales work from then until today.

With this business they have been able to sustain their family, and they are very happy about that. They make their sales daily by payment on delivery, and with a few loans and their purchases they make the payments. They offer many diverse items in their shop, like oil, rice, flour, sugar, coffee, drinks, vegetables, and meat.

Right now they are planning their store's expansion, including having miscellaneous items in their display, like accessories, home goods, paper items, etc, but their business capital is insufficient for large-scale purchase to get important discounts.

This is why they are getting a Kiva loan, the first loan they have done with the Maria Santo Domingo Foundation, through which they will purchase varied merchandise, shoes, cosmetics, soaps, accessories for the home and paper goods, since their goal is to be able to have their own store location, which would be well-located to sell miscellaneous products especially and have new opportunities for income, which would benefit the development and wellbeing of their family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kaleigh Oleynik

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