A loan of $400 helped buy makeup and clothes.

Herlinda's story

Herlinda is 59 years old and is married to Segundo, with whom she has 6 children. She has her own house built from effort and dedication. It is in this place where every day she shares the joy of living with her family.

Herlinda's work consists of selling cosmetics by catalog. Her specialty is colognes and perfumes. Herlinda visits her friends, neighbors, and relatives every day with the aim of selling some product or giving them what they have already ordered ahead of time. In her house, she has a small display where she also offers these products to those that seek them in her home.

She has been in this line of work for about 7 years and combines it with selling clothing of different brands, sizes, and models. She personally selects and buys the clothes wholesale. She likes what she does very much because she has the freedom to manage her time how she wants and at the same time organize visits with her customers. In the beginning, she had a some doubts about developing her business but with time she was able to overcome them. Herlinda hopes to start a boutique to offer her products more conveniently.

At this time, she is asking for 1000 sols (US$400) to buy beauty products such as creams, powders, and others. In addition, she will buy clothes for the summer season. She promises to make her payments on time.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patrick Bales

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