A loan of $525 helped to buy merchandise for her business.

Melania Susana's story

Melania is a 39-year-old woman who was born in the city of Los Bancos, but currently lives with her son in Santo Domingo de los Colorados. Santo Domingo de los Colorados is the fourth most populated city in Ecuador and is located in the province of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, in the mountainous part of the coast. In the city, there is abundant commercial traffic and the livestock market is the largest in the country. The city is also known for its biodiversity, scenery, and the Tsáchilas indigenous community.

Melania Lidia works long hours selling personal use products like cosmetics and costume jewelry door-to-door. She is a single mother and she wants to improve her and her son's quality of life by increasing her income. For that reason, she is requesting a loan from Kiva so she can invest in more merchandise; with a better selection, she can improve her profits. Her experience has shown her that it is easier to sell products when customers can see them, rather than just showing them a catalog. Plus, if she makes an investment, she will be able to have better prices and promotional items. With this, she can give her son a better life and buy her own house in the future, since that is her greatest dream.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Holly Torpey

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