A loan of $350 helped to buy clothes and toys.

Vanessa's story

Vanessa, 25, lives in Cartagena de Indias, a beautiful, historic, coastal city on the shores of the Colombian Caribbean. She has a variety store there where she sells a little bit of everything, especially clothes from the United States of America her mother-in-law sends her from there. Vanessa lives with her spouse and little six-year-old son who she dreams with seeing become a very successful person. This is why she works persistently to reach her goal. Vanessa takes advantage of all seasons of the year to invest in her business and this final one of the year that’s filled with family gatherings is no exception because there is cash circulating in the streets and everyone is ready to spend.

She is currently applying for a Kiva loan, her first financing from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, that she’ll use to buy clothes and toys which is what she sells most in December, something she’s learned from her four years’ experience in business. She gets support from her mother-in-law who lives in the United States; she sends her everything she needs that's on sale in stores because it's off-season and North Americans aren’t buying any longer. She sells on credit and also for cash to her main customers who are her local neighbors who come by Vanessa’s variety store daily to see what new things she has available for sale.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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