A loan of $575 helped to buy stainless steel accessories, underwear for women and beauty products.

Patricia Elena's story

Patricia is 36 years old and she lives with her husband and their two daughters ages 5 and 3 in the municipality of Soledad, very close to Barranquilla, where her activity is located. She sells products though specialized products guides or by catalogues: the products she sells are clothes and beauty products, as she also offers beauty treatment services to her customers, such as hairdos, hair dyes, hair straightening, dryer chairs and many more.
She started her activity in 1997: she was inspired by one of her neighbors engaging in the same activity, as she had always liked this kind of activity and she has been engaged in it since she was a young girl. Little by little she has succeed in seeing her current activity profit, because her income has increased, and 2 years ago she decided to learn everything related to beauty by attending a fundamental course in order to offer this service. Her main customers are the same who buy from her the different products she sells, as well as her neighbors and people coming from the neighboring areas to receive beauty treatments. Her future goal is to own a big locale to offer her customers the spaciousness and the comfortable environment of a beauty salon. She is currently requesting a loan to buy stainless steel accessories, underwear for women and beauty products: these are items she needs to tend to her customers so that they always buy from her. Her greatest challenge is not having enough working capital to buy bigger quantities of the different products her customers request, but she will achieve this goal little by little and thanks to Kiva’s support.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emanuela Villa

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