A loan of $650 helped to buy pharmaceutical products.

Yudis Maria's story

Thirty-five year old Yudis has been making her living selling pharmaceutical products for five years. She began her business with the expectation that, while she was earning money, she would participate in educating and raising her children, and caring for her husband.

With her business, she has been able to help with household expenses. Little by little, in addition to medications, she has been adding miscellaneous items, which she sells for cash in a shop located in her home in the south-west of the city of Barranquilla. Her work starts from 7 in the morning to 9 at night, from Monday to Sunday. This great effort helps her business grow, allowing her to become established in the community of her target market.

For 3 years, she has been connected with the programs of the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation, in which she has felt supported. She has had 3 loans, with which she has expanded her business and increased the variety of products for sale.

Yudis, with her conscientious work, has lofty goals focused on improving the quality of life for herself and her family, but she needs her business to be even more profitable, offering a great variety of products that sell quickly. This is precisely the reason why she is applying for a Kiva loan, her fourth loan with the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation. She will use it to buy pharmaceutical products that have high turnover, because they generate a profit volume that allows her to increase her working capital, in order to reinvest it and earn even more.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Deepa Ramesh

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