A loan of $175 helped to buy underwear, pajamas and beauty products.

Marleny De Jesús's story

Marleny is a mother and head of a family of two children who are 15 and 16 years of age. This woman's need to get ahead for her children and bring the daily bread to her home has been the driving force for looking for work in her life. With few employment opportunities due to her lack of education, doña Marleny decided to sell underwear, pajamas and beauty products by catalog. The financial difficulties she is going through during this time drove her to request a loan which she will invest in the purchase of merchandise to increase her income during Christmas time. Her major desire is to improve the financial situation of her family and be able to offer her children a better quality of life.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer S Mason

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