A loan of $650 helped to buy merchandise to stock her store.

Diana's story

Diana, 41, lives in the south of the city with her two daughters who are 13 and 17 years old and who in her widowed state she’s been able to move ahead through her work in her grocery store where she sells foodstuffs, meat, chicken, groceries and in general everything that’s basic staple items for a family’s use.

Her business began four years ago when she had to leave employment in a shoe factory and her mother who cared for her children became ill. This is how she got the idea of generating income from home while still watching over her children’s education and care. When she started this activity she began selling “chicha de maiz” [corn-based beverage], cookies, “bolis” or frozen tropical fruit drinks and gelatin. She gradually amassed money from her profits and bought her first display case and started to stock it piecemeal.

Diana feels satisfied with her work and wants to continue business growth and two years ago she accessed her first loan with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. Today, she’s applying for a Kiva loan, her third financing with this organization because with its support she’s succeeded in capitalizing the business and advance in her productive and family life.

She will use her Kiva loan to buy foodstuffs and merchandise to stock her store hoping to have additional working capital that will allow her to increase sales and obtain a little more profit.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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