A loan of $1,100 helped to buy men's, women's and children's clothing.

Martha's story

Marta is 58 years old and is the single mother to one daughter, with whom she lives in her house made of high-quality materials. Marta works selling items of clothing for women and children in a rented stall in her town's market. She decided to go into this work on her sister's advice, because she considers it to be simple and appropriate for her age, and because there is no risk of losing the merchandise she sells because they aren't perishable products.

She previously worked selling food for social gatherings, and that was where she learned to work with great care and to manage her earnings.

She receives visits daily from her loyal customers, to whom she offers different clothing items like polos, blouses, pants, and underclothes, as well as the best variety of children's clothing. She travels to a different city on a monthly basis to buy merchandise wholesale and she personally selects the clothes that she'll be able to sell upon her return.

This is her third loan with Kiva and she feels grateful for the financial support that she receives to keep moving forward. In addition, she promises to make her loan payments in a punctual manner. On this occasion, she is asking for a loan of 3,000 nuevos soles to buy clothing wholesale and to stock her business with more styles of pants for women, men, and children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Aesclinn Donohue

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