A loan of $400 helped to buy clothes for women, men and children and to buy small appliances.

Karellis's story

Karellis, 30, lives with her spouse and two children who are 7 and 10 years of age in the municipality of Sabanagrande, 20 minutes from the city of Barranquilla. Before having her business her family’s sole source of income was her husband. Today, selling varied merchandise has contributed to her family’s well-being and she’s attained more personal autonomy herself. The main products she sells both for cash and on credit are kitchen utensils and clothes. She sells to neighbors and to people from other parts of the city that are referred to her by them. Her goal is to increase sales but her main challenge is the lack of sufficient working capital to meet customer demand especially during the Christmas and New Year’s season which is when her customers have the resources to buy and they place many orders to look elegant during the family celebrations. This is why she’s calling on a Kiva loan, her first financing with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo to buy clothes for women, men and children and to buy small home appliances. Because she makes her purchases based on prior orders from her loyal customers who pay on time, her Kiva loan’s success bodes real.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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