A loan of $1,600 helped to buy electrical appliances and bedspreads and to convert premises which she is going to open so she can have somewhere to display her goods.


Lorenza Isabel's story

Lorenza is 59 years old and lives in the municipality of Soledad, home of the butifarra [sausage], a popular food from the area which is eaten with a yucca roll and lemon. During the fiestas it is often eaten as an appetiser.

Lorenza has a business selling small electrical appliances such as liquidizers, toasters and food choppers as well as household linens such as various bedspreads, quilts, covers and tablecloths. She sells these products on credit to local neighbours who ask for them. She buys in cash at wholesalers and through catalogues. She started the business 15 years ago and learnt it from her parents who had been in this line of business for a long time and passed their experience on to her.

This is her first Kiva loan with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo and she will use it to buy electrical appliances and bedspreads and to convert premises which she is going to open so she can have somewhere to display her goods. Using this loan she hopes to raise the profile of the business by having a point of sale, and so improve her quality of life.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Judith McInally



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