A loan of $550 helped to buy shoes and sandals in bulk.

Maria's story

María, 28, is married and is mother to a seven-year-old son. They live together in their own home. María makes her living selling shoes and sandals whether on a fortnightly or a monthly basis, depending on the demand for her products. To obtain her merchandise, María travels to another city by bus for more than 20 hours, from there, she makes the same journey bringing a large quantity of articles to sell to her relatives, friends and others. The designs that she brings back are the latest style, exclusive and of a high quality, which is why she manages to sell the whole lot in a short amount of time.

She sells in the streets, covering the main streets of her city every day in the hunt for customers who want to buy something in her range, or who on occasions make advance orders. Ever since she started this business, it has gone very well for her thanks to her charisma and the quality of each of the items she sells. What she likes most about her job is selling, and she is very happy when her merchandise runs out. She has been carrying out this type of business for nine years and thinks the hardest part is shipping the shoes as the boxes she carries are very heavy and she becomes very agitated with the effort she makes. However, she forges ahead, and in the near future she hopes to have a store to sell all her products. With the sum of 1,500 Peruvian Nuevos Soles that she is seeking, María will buy a larger quantity of shoes and sandals to sell to her customers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Severine

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