A loan of $600 helped to buy shoes and undergarments.

Betty Esther's story

Betty, forty-six, lives in the town of Malambo with her partner and thirteen-year-old daughter. She set up a store in part of her house where she sells a variety of merchandise, mainly shoes, women's accessories, undergarments and outerwear. She started the business twenty-four years ago selling merchandise to employees at the company where her father worked. Little by little she got her own capital and invested in the supplies and showcases to display her wares. She sells for cash from 8AM to 8PM to her main clients, her neighbors from her own and nearby neighborhoods, who know the quality of her items. Clientele has grown, which is exactly why she is seeking a Kiva loan, her second with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. She'll buy shoes and undergarments, which have high turnover so she needs a steady inventory.

With her prior loan, Betty was able to stock up her store a lot more and add merchandise for every sales season. Her capacity for work and discipline is what has allowed her have so much success with her Kiva loans.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jill Heske

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