A loan of $650 helped to stock her retail business.

Gloria Esther's story

Gloria, 52, owns a store in Malambo. She lives there with her husband and a son, 34. She started her business 5 years ago after taking over a store that her son started to raise money for his studies. She has grown the business since then and her income from it helps to support her family. She stocks all the everday products that people in her neighborhood want. She listens to her customers and stocks new products when she can. That's where Kiva comes in: Gloria wants to stock new products for her store and needs this Fundacion Mario Santo Domingo loan to fund the investment. She will buy feminine accessories, kitchenware and other products that her customers have asked her to sell. Your loan will allow her to keep her customers and also provide her neighborhood with a store nearby that they can easily come to. Gloria is a hard-working woman. She starts her day at 6 in the morning and often works 12 hours a day, Mondays to Sundays. She is confident that all her hard work will pay off one day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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