A loan of $1,025 helped to buy shirts, blouses, unisex pants, and shorts.

Monica Rosario's story

Mónica is a 42-year-old merchant living in the city of Milagros. She lives in her own home, which she purchased 6 years ago. She has all of the basic utilities in her home. Her house serves as a storage space for her merchandise, since every day she goes to her stall located in the city center to sell her goods.

She says that she is used to this type of work since she started doing it at age 18. However, she worked in many different areas until she was able to have her permanent location. She works seven days a week without rest because she is a single mother and needs to cover her basic necessities. In her store she sells shirts, blouses, unisex pants, shorts and underwear. She buys these wholesale and resells them to consumers.

As her store location is outdoors, the winters are problematic since the rains flood the streets and cause deterioration. She will use the loan proceeds to purchase clothes for resale. She hopes to be able to put together enough capital to have a store based in her home.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kevin Bohnert

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