A loan of $10,000 helped to purchase inventory and furniture and promote her business.

"lily" Guillermina's story

Guillermina, “Lily”, has always dreamed of opening a retail location in her hometown of San Rafael. Lily’s passion for fashion led her to establish an online store for women’s clothing four years ago. She also sold at the farmers’ market, and the response was so positive that Lily was inspired to pursue her dream, opening a boutique in San Rafael just last year. Lilyluv Boutique is stocked with trendy, edgy clothing and accessories for young women and is committed to modest pricing, the only store of its kind in Marin County.

The biggest challenge to opening Lilyluv Boutique was getting funded. Lily used all of her own savings to establish the business. When denied for a conventional bank loan, Lily felt that she was not taken seriously because she is a young woman. The discouragement did not hamper Lily; her determination to prove to herself that she could be successful, as well as a Kiva loan from Working Solutions, propelled her forward. She hopes her boutique inspires other young women to “follow their dreams, follow their passions” despite the odds against them.

This loan will enable Lily to purchase the inventory she needs to grow the boutique and online store, purchase store furniture, and further promote her business.

For more information on Lilyluv, visit the website at www.shoplilyluv.com, the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Lilyluvboutique?fref=ts, or on Instagram at http://instagram.com/lilyluvboutique.

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