A loan of $600 helped to buy perfumes, wallets, purses and other items.

Jessica Martina's story

Jessia is 43 years old. Ever since she was very young she has worked very hard to get ahead, especially because she is a mother of 2 children aged 24 and 16. She has provided for them on her own, since she is a single mother. She's been able to rise above the adversities she's faced and be an example to her children. Jessica was not able to get a university degree due to a lack of financial resources, but she would have liked to have studied to become a nurse.

With a lot of effort and saving, she started her own business selling purses and perfumes. She works about 9 hours a day in her business, and she is able to serve about 12 customers a day. She believes that she is getting ahead with her business because she is very friendly with her customers, and offers beautiful and eye-catching products.

Jessica is very grateful for the great help that the Kiva lenders are providing her. She will buy merchandise for her business such as summer purses, perfumes, wallets, and other items. In this way, she will be able to have a greater variety of products and provide better service to her customers. Jessica will continue to strive to make her greatest dream a reality: "To have my own store and to become a great businesswoman."

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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