A loan of $575 helped to buy merchandising like: clothes in general, fans, umbrellas, dried milk and other items for selling.

Dulcina Del Socorro's story

Being still a 9-year-old girl, Dulcina came with her family to work as a maid on the city of Barranquilla. They came from the municipality of San Juan Nepomuceno, part of the county of Bolivar.

With the money she saved from her jobs, 10 years ago she decided to invest in the sale of clothes through a catalog, to sell to her neighbours and friends, however she kept working and strengthening her capital. Today she offers better variety of products, like lingerie, small household appliances, underwear and cheese that she gets every 2 days from her native town.

She requests her first loan with Kiva that she wants to use to buy fans, clothes in general, umbrellas, dried milk, rice and other products to satisfy the present day demands.

Dulcina broke up her relationship with her partner 2 years ago, however this situation filled her with courage and strength, she decided not to let herself be scared by the adversity and to stop working as a maid to have more time available to be able to focus all her attention to her family and business.

Since then she travels periodically to Maicao, a city from the county of Guajira where she buys some of the items she sells.

She has gained many new customers because she's made herself known in her neighbourhood. Her sales are mostly on credit, charging customers every 13 to 15 days. She also buys new products weekly in various stores from her city.

Being 61 years old she is a very dynamic and active person, Her business is very well organised and she dreams with making it grow more so she can have a bigger profit margin than the one she has today of 40%.

She lives in her own house in the neighbourhood of Santa Maria with one of her seven children, all of them adults. Another of her dreams is to fix her house to improve her living conditions.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lucia Long

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