A loan of $575 helped to purchase supplies, such as rice and oil, and pre-ordered merchandise, such as cologne, footwear, and creams.


Gigliola's story

33-year-old Gigliola lives with her spouse and her four-year-old son in the city of Barranquilla, where the people are friendly. It is possibly the place in the country which has received the most immigrants from other countries and from other parts of Colombia, which has made this a city of the most varied idiosyncrasies. In Barranquilla, called the Golden Gate of Colombia, Gigliola has made a living for three years by selling supplies, food, dairy products, perfume, footwear, and all manner of items which her clientele request daily. Her business’ main customers are neighbours, family, and friends, to whom she sells in cash or on credit. She works every second day from eight in the morning until midday. Her goal is to achieve growth in her business and an increase in profit, and later to have her own house and provide her son with a quality education so that he has great potential to succeed. Currently her greatest challenge is to have enough working capital in order to allow for the expansion of her business, and this is the reason she is applying for a loan with Kiva, her first financing through Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, with which she will buy supplies, such as rice and oil, and pre-ordered merchandise, such as cologne, footwear, and creams. With this investment she will respond to the expectations of her clientele, of whom she looks to make faithful clients by providing a convenient service.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eloise Minogue



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