A loan of $550 helped to buy bags and shoes.

Carmen's story

Carmen is 66 years old. She sells varied merchandise such as bags and shoes. She also generates income through renting apartments. Her business experiences dates from the year 2007. She followed her mother's example. She was also a merchant. Today Carmen makes her sales up front and she also sells on credit that she collects weekly. Her work schedule is from 8 in the morning until 8 at night. She does her purchasing in the city of Bucaramanga, Colombia, where the quality of leather goods and shoes are unequaled. Right now, she is applying for a Kiva loan, the sixth she has taken out with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. With it, she will buy bags and shoes that have been ordered from her for Mother's Day, when families surprised their progenitor with gifts. This is why she is making her investment at this time, to be successful.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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