A loan of $2,550 helped to purchase clothing to sell.


Marcela Virginia's story

Marcela Virginia is 46 years old and is happily married to her husband Conrad. She lives in the city of Pinotepa Nacional in the state of Oaxaca, where the majority of people speak the Mixtec language. The most important economic activity there is farming. Local crops include corn, beans, chili peppers, coffee, sugarcane, coconuts, tamarind, and sesame seeds. Marcela makes a living selling clothing, shoes, and women’s accessories, which she has done for eleven years now. She began by selling shoes and then used her profits to buy clothing. Later, with additional earnings and help from foundation, she purchased women’s accessories. What Marcela likes most about her business is attending to her customers and keeping her shop tidy. In the mornings she works as a social worker at the local high school and so her daughter looks after the store for her, and then in the afternoons Marcela manages the store. Marcela’s most profitable time of year is Holy Week, since everyone in the community buys new clothes and shoes for the celebration. She is asking for this loan so she can purchase more clothing, which she will sell both wholesale and retail. Marcela is grateful for the support she has received from the foundation in order to grow her business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Chris Knutson


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