A loan of $575 helped to buy gold, silver, and metal jewelry, as well as casual clothing and footwear.


Kene Maria's story

Kene, age 29, lives with her mother, brother, and her baby 4-year-old boy in the south end of the city in an established neighborhood. There, she sells a variety of merchandise like sheets, towels, bedspreads, as well as gold, silver, and metal jewelry. Through this trade, which she started less than 2 years ago, she has managed to earn an income to sustain her little 4-year-old, who she hopes to see grow up to be a successful man and for whose account she makes certain to keep herself working all the time.

When she started the business, her recently separated husband gave her 1,000,000 pesos [COP] to start her enterprise. That's how she was able to invest in merchandise and sell it in her market niche, the domestic arena, which has expanded and gone very well. That's why she's enthusiastic about making her business grow more. This is why she's applying for a loan, her first from the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo [Kiva field partner], which she will use to buy gold, silver, and metal jewelry, as well as casual clothing and footwear. These are the items that her customers order when she makes her monthly rounds and that she sells to them on credit. She is very cautious in selecting her clientele in order to keep up her capital stock and at the same time be able to meet their needs when they place an order.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jacob Bintliff



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