A loan of $1,575 helped to buy clothes to resell.

Diana Margarita's story

Diana, 27, lives in the city of Manta; she’s a merchant. She lives in a house that has all basic utilities she acquired nine years ago. The house is also her warehouse since she sells the merchandise in a permanent stand downtown where she sets up her business daily.

Diana indicates that she’s used to this way of working since she started it at the age of 18 although back then she used to sell from place to place until she was able to get her permanent stand. She works Monday to Sunday non-stop. She sells unisex pants, shirts, shorts, blouses, underwear. She buys everything in series, at wholesale and sells it by the unit.

Because Diana's stand is informal, the problem she has in the winter is the muddy, eroded streets. She will use the loan to buy clothes to sell. She hopes to be able to gather a bit of capital to open a locale at home.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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