A loan of $850 helped to buy Christmas decorations, women's accessories, and other assorted goods.

Isabel's story

Isabel, 56, makes a living selling footwear, clothing, cosmetics, silverwork, and other assorted goods that her customers request frequently. She tries to satisfy the demand with sources of financing so she can make purchases, get special discounts, and respond to her customers, who are the ones who generate the income to support the well-being of her household.

In 2001 she began selling small items to supplement her household income. Little by little her business grew and now she sells a bit of everything: footwear, clothing, cosmetics, and silverwork, on customer request. She offers loans in accordance with the capacity to pay and also sells in cash during her eight-hour day. Her main customers are her neighbors and referrals who have turned into steady customers.

Currently she's applying for a Kiva loan, her second financing from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. With the previous loan she improved her liquidity, increased her sales, and earned more profit. With her Kiva loan she's going to buy wholesale and cash articles that her customers request at the end of the year, such as Christmas decorations, women's accessories, and other assorted goods.

Her 11 years of experience and knowledge of how the market behaves seasonally are the best indicators that her Kiva loan will be successful.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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