A loan of $575 helped to buy carnival items, confectionery products, and nail enamel.

Carmen Patricia's story

Carmen is a mother of two children who are six and eight years old. To support her household she earns a living by selling a variety of merchandise in a small shop, and she is also a manicurist and baker. Five years ago she began these activities after participating in many courses during which she decided to create her own endeavors, and these became her main sources of income.

Her shop is located in a place in her house. On the weekends she makes cakes to sell to customers who order them, and she works as a manicurist from home. She does all of this in order to generate an income that supports her family. From Monday to Sunday, 7:00 in the morning to 9:00 at night, Carmen works without rest in order to get her family ahead in life. Her main customers are neighbors in the area to whom she sells her products and services on account. Her goal is to extend her market and little by little she is doing it, but her greatest challenge is not having enough working capital to accomplish this.

This is the reason behind the Kiva loan and her first financing from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, which will be used to buy a variety of merchandise and supplies for fulfilling and selling cakes in the coming festivals. Likewise, she will use it to get available nail enamels in order to do nails appropriately for the carnival season, which is approaching. Her future goal is to have her own home. This is why she gets up every day with a strong vision of her intention, as this can improve the success of her children in the future.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Stephanie Sawyer

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