A loan of $600 helped to buy undergarments, blouses, perfume and footwear.

Yulieth Patricia's story

Yulieth is 27 years old and lives with her husband, her 3-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter in the town of Soledad, a town on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. She has a business whereby she sells perfume and merchandise by catalogue to neighbours and friends in her neighbourhood, going door to door managing to generate income that benefits the livelihood of her home. Five years ago she started this business as a form of employment, with so few job opportunities in the city, she decided to start her own business venture. Initially she sold merchandise through only one magazine or specialized guide and in the last 5 years, continued to increase her product offerings and now sells undergarments, blouses, perfume and footwear.

Yulieth is applying for a Kiva loan to buy more of these products, to sell to her customers. These products are currently at very good discounts and the objective is to take advantage of these offers to gain new customers and increase her revenue and this is precisely the success of her Kiva loan investment. With two small children, Yulieth wants very much to improve the lives of family therefore, one of her goals is to save revenue of her business to buy a family car and to make her distribution job easier as well as to share more in her family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diana Lima

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