A loan of $650 helped to buy jeans and perfumes, and to venture into shoe sales.

Naida's story

Naida, 58 years old, is a woman from Cartegenia. At a very young age, she moved with her parents from her birth city to the neighboring city of Barranquilla. She lives in the Siete de Abril neighborhood where, for the past 3 years, she has made a living by selling clothes for women, men, and children, in addition to perfume.

With this requested loan, she wants to buy mainly jeans and perfumes, and also venture into shoe sales since her regular customers have made shoe orders. For 14 years, Naida knows what it means to work. She began as a domestic service employee in a family home. This prevented her from completing her high school studies. However, her parents always taught her good habits and how to work in order to achieve what she wanted.

When she was 23 years old, she was united with the man she currently lives with in a common law marriage. He is a traveling newspaper vendor. From their marriage, they have three children, who are now adults. They have a close family and they work together to pay the household expenses. Naida still works as a service employee and her main customers are employed as security guards at buildings near where she works. Some customers are also office workers, who make merchandise orders and then pay for them every two weeks when they receive their paychecks. She is not afraid of making this type of investment since, thus far, everything has gone very well with her customers and the closeness to them allows her an effective profit.

Her main dream is to move into a large house that can accommodate her whole family. Naida is a hard-working woman who is not afraid of anything. She thinks that everything that she has set out to do has gone well and up to this point, she has not had any difficulties.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Polenske

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