A loan of $575 helped to buy manicure and pedicure supplies.

Dora Alba's story

Dora, 39, has been providing manicure and pedicure services for five years. This has become her main source of income to cover expenses for her home which consists of her husband and two children who are 15 and 16 years old.

She has managed to keep her market share because she’s kept up-to-date through courses where she acquires technical skills to compete in the market by applying better techniques on her customers. Her main customers are housewives and employees in firms who she takes care of either at their homes or in her own home.

She works every day from Monday through Sunday or whenever the customer needs her and is inspired by her drive to see her children become successful professionals in the future. Her growth plan starts with the purchase of supplies in larger amounts in order to qualify for volume purchase discounts which translate into higher profits and good customer service so that her business will function in a comfortable environment.

This is precisely why she’s calling on a Kiva loan, the first financing she gets from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo to buy supplies for her daily work.
She will also invest in making improvements to her business with the purchase of work tools to improve the quality of her service; this is what her loan’s success resides in.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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