A loan of $1,125 helped to buy sweaters, shirts, underwear, perfumes, cosmetics and footwear.

Ana Maria's story

Fifty-three year old Ana lives in the south of the city of Barranquilla and makes her living in commerce. She has sold primarily clothes, perfumes and footwear for the past 9 years. When she started, she followed the tradition of her parents, who used to live in the city of Medellín, and taught her that she should work and earn her daily living.

This is why she started saving when she was young, and investing this resource in merchandise, which she would sell to her closest friends. Little by little, she expanded her clientele and was able to take orders. Currently, her biggest challenge is having sufficient working capital to make purchases in larger volumes and respond to her potential customers.

This is why she is applying for a Kiva loan, her second loan with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. She will use this loan to buy sweaters, shirts, underwear, perfumes, cosmetics, footwear, etc.

Her goal down the line is to have her own store and increase her possibilities of having larger loans to be able to make sufficient investments to grow quickly.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Deepa Ramesh

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