A loan of $650 helped to buy clothing, footwear and other items for women.

Celia's story

30 years ago, forced to generate an income and contribute to the family expenses, Celia, who is now 56, started selling footwear and dresses to friends and relatives who would pay for the items in instalments. Her business gradually started to bear fruit and, although she now has a market stall, she needs to extend to other markets so as to increase her sales, make savings and eventually have a new and bigger shop of her own. Celia sells her goods for cash or credit 7 days a week from 8am to 5pm and collects the money owed to her on a weekly basis. She uses this money to make cash purchases in the town centre, where she qualifies for special volume discounts. This would be far more effective if she had more money to invest. It is for that very reason that she is applying to the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo for her first Kiva loan. She will use it to buy clothing, footwear and other items for women, increase her purchasing power, offer a wider range of goods and, as a result, boost her income. This is how she intends to make successful use of her Kiva loan.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Janice Crossfield

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