A loan of $650 helped to buy belts, buckles, and men's and women's accessories.

Luis's story

Luis is 28 years old. He lives with his spouse, and he works in trade, selling belts and buckles on a wholesale and retail basis. Since he was a child, this activity has been his greatest skill, for which he has an impressive aptitude. Previously, Luis operated his business outside of an important shopping center in the south of the city, but he was relocated by the local state and he is now set up in a place designated to gather together the mobile vendors. He works from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. from Monday through Sunday, without resting. The competition in this field is intense, but they respect and support each other, and he works with a dedication to service which attracts his customers. His Kiva loan is the first financing he is undertaking with the Mario Santo Domingo, and he will use it to buy belts, buckles, and men's and women's accessories. He is taking advantage of the fact that the season is approaching in which families celebrate Mother's Day, Father's Day and Secretaries' Day, and during this season demand grows and sales increase. This will make his investment successful, and he will be able to increase his working capital slightly and serve his loyal customers. His most significant dream is to be able to have his own home and expand his microenterprise, and for that reason, he is exerting himself without stopping, so that his family will have the well-being he dreams of.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman

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