A loan of $1,100 helped to buy gold and silver accessories and powder milk.

Damith Lissett's story

Damith is 28 years old and lives with her partner and five year old daughter in the city of Cartagena. Damith has a business selling imitiation gold and silver jewellery and another one selling powedered milk. It was Damith's mother, also a businesswoman, that encouraged her to go into business in 2009. Damith started her work independently, selling chains, bracelets, earrings, watches and, later on, powdered milk. Damith's customers either pay in cash or in installments and most of her customers are friends and people who come to her by word of mouth. She now has a solid customer base. Damith is currently applying for a Kiva loan, her first with the "Fundación Mario Santo Domingo". With it she will buy gold and silver accessories and powdered milk in large quantities. Her customer base has grown and she needs to respond to demand and offer more competitive prices, which she can do by buying in bulk and paying in full - this will allow Damith to get the most out of her investment.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw

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