A loan of $625 helped toi buy paper goods, women's accessories, purses, cosmetics and home decor items.

Flor Maria's story

Flor owns a variety store where she sells assorted goods and offers photocopying services, an activity she started four years ago noting the opportunity that existed in her zone because demand for beauty products, costume jewelry and cosmetics was high. She decided to start her own business venture offering these products.

At first, she started out with little merchandise but as her market grew she started to increase inventory and the services she offered. Today, she sells a little of everything: school supplies, stationery supplies, cosmetics, home décor items, purses and also offers photocopying services in a commercial point located at home. Her customers come by to buy products or services from Monday to Sunday from 8 in the morning until 8 at night. The future goal she and her husband share is to own a house because they currently rent.

Flor’s applying for her first Kiva loan, her first financing from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo that she’ll use to buy stationery supplies, women’s accessories, purses, cosmetics and home décor items in order to have new inventory and more turn-around in her business to generate higher profits than usual so her Kiva loan will be a successful investment.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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