A loan of $1,125 helped to buy clothes, underwear, footwear, beauty products and personal use items.

Miriam's story

Miriam, 56, is the mother of five children aged between 20 and 35. She’s a widow and has succeeded in generating income to support her home by means of her business. She sells varied merchandise via specialized catalogues, a business she started 20 years ago with help from a girlfriend who started her off by giving her merchandise to sell and earn money. She gradually amassed capital of her own and traveled to the city of Medellín where some of the country’s best leather items and clothing are manufactured. She purchased there precisely the merchandise she used to start her business and to date has secured a market share with customers who like the wallets, purses, footwear and other articles made from first-class leather.

She generates income with her business and has been able to educate her children. Her goal is to continue expanding it until all her children have their own houses because that’s one of the dreams that impels her. She’s currently applying for a Kiva loan, her first financing from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo that she’ll use to buy underwear and outerwear, footwear, beauty and personal hygiene products to sell among her clientele because these are the items that rotate best among her customers and many of them have already placed preorders. Because the second semester of the year is a season of increased sales, she’s going to take advantage of this juncture to make her Kiva loan successful.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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