A loan of $650 helped to buy imported clothing from the United States.

Ines Maria's story

Ines is only 39 years old and became a widow at an early age. Thanks to God, she still has two children, a 12-year-old son and an 18-year-old daughter. Ines resides in the town of Puerto Colombia in the Department of Atlántico, which is 13 kilometers from the city of Barranquilla and considered to be part of its metropolitan area. The Caribbean Sea is located to the north, so the primary industry in the area is tourism.

Ines has a business of selling imported clothing from the United States, which she offers on credit. She started in this line of work three years when one of her sisters-in-law, who travels frequently to the United States, suggested that she sell imported American clothing. Ines agreed and now, thanks to God, her business has been well-received. She buys the clothes from her sister-in-law with cash and then sells them on credit to her customers, most of whom are her friends. The rest are people who have been referred to her.

Ines operates her business every day from 8:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. This is her first Kiva loan through Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. She will use the money to buy blouses, skirts, dresses, shirts, and trousers imported from the United States. With this investment, she hopes to increase her inventory, her sales, and her profits. One of her dreams is to finance her children’s higher education, but she also wants to open a store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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