A loan of $850 helped purchase silver rings, stainless steel chains, bracelets and cold meats.

Isabel Segunda's story

Isabel sells cold meats but she has also added selling stainless steel and silver jewelry to her first business. She has been able to see her family advance in life thanks to this economic activity. She has two children with her partner, ages 8 and 13. Her business idea was born out of the necessity to generate her own income, in particular to help care for her children who, as they grow, have many more needs that require more money. Her husband, who works as a contractor for a business in the area, was the one who motivated her to get started. Her principal customers are her neighbors in the area who complement their good looks with the accessories that Isabel sells. In the same market, she also sells sausages like Butifarra (Catalan style sausage), salchichas (sausage), salchichón (a salami-like sausage), among other kinds of meats she purchases in the city market, which helps her to generate new sources of income that makes her life, and that of her family, that much better. She is currently applying for a loan with kiva and her second loan with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. With the loan, she will purchase silver rings, stainless steel chains, bracelets and cold meats, in order to respond to her customer's demand, who have already put in orders. With her previous loan, she was able to add more diversity to her products and create more stability, and so, she has no doubt that she will be able to achieve her dream of offering better levels of education to her children; this is the biggest challenge that she and her partner have and it gives meaning to their lives.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kristin Connor

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