A loan of $650 helped to buy shoes, clothing, cosmetic products, stationery goods, confectionery, minutes, recharges, etc.

Karen's story

Karen, 28, sells general merchandise, such as shoes, clothing, household items, cosmetics, perfume and anything a customer may request. She has customers in the area around her home where she lives with her husband and two children, ages 4 and 11. Karen started her business six years ago when, together with her sister and mother, she started a business similar to the one her parents-in-law had. Even though business did not go as they had expected, because it was not very visibile, they continued and are now earning a living with business going well. They are located on a busy street with many pedestrians.

She is currently requesting a CrediKiva loan, her first from the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation, to buy shoes, clothing, cosmetic products, stationery goods, minutes, recharges and confectionery. With this investment she will fill the display cases and be able to meet the demand of her customers. Her company goal is to expand her local infrastructure, and on a personal level, she wants to buy two apartments to rent them. Her greatest challenge is for her children to get a good education.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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