A loan of $400 helped buy towels, bedding, multipurpose tools, household items etc.


Esther's story

53-year old Esther lives in Cartagena with her husband and three children aged 17, 31, and 32. She runs a business from her house selling a variety of goods to her neighbours and people from nearby areas who know the quality of her service. She started out five years ago with the idea of selling clothing. Then gradually she added other items such as women’s accessories, kitchen goods, stationery, sandals, multipurpose tools, towels etc. In this way Esther earned additional income for her children’s education and support.

Her goal is to grow her business so she received a loan from the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation to be used as working capital. Now she is applying for a new loan through KIVA as she wishes to add items that quickly turn over to her inventory. Often she cannot keep enough stock in her store to fulfill her customers’ orders. Esther plans to buy towels, bedding, multipurpose tools, household items etc.

In the future Esther would like to have her own store selling a range of merchandise. She also wants to help her youngest son complete his education so that he has the opportunity to get a good job.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A



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