A loan of $775 helped to buy second hand clothing.

Doris's story

46 year old Doris is a friendly and hardworking woman. She is the mother of two children who she has raised and educated alone as she has been divorced for some time. She lives in her own home and works a lot as she wants to offer her children a better quality of life. Doris works selling used second hand clothes. Her work begins with buying articles of clothing from various people or in the city market, selecting those that are in the best condition. Later, she divides these into women's clothes and men's clothes, and, finally, she separates the children's clothes from the adult's clothes.
Once a month, she travels with a friend to the villages and population centers to sell her merchandise. She has been running this business for 13 years and it is doing very well. In addition, she has a small grocery store where she sells fruits, drinks, and candies to her neighbors from the place where she looks after her children. She likes her work because she can travel to different places. She thinks that the most difficult thing is that she has to go out very early in the morning and it can be dangerous at that time. She remembers that she began this business because of the low income her household had. But, once she started selling used clothes, things improved a lot. Now, she also sometimes sells new clothes that she buys from another city and she hopes to continue with this new line in order to improve her profits. At this time, she is requesting $775. She is grateful to all the people who have made this loan possible as she feels secure in growing her business. She will used the requested funds to buy more clothes so she can continue her business selling clothes to the distant towns of her region.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alison Hynd

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