A loan of $1,325 helped to purchase blouses, jeans, lipstick, and compacts.


Liliana Estela's story

Liliana is a 38-year-old single mother who lives with her 14-year-old son in the town of Malambo in Atlántico Department. Their home is near banks of the Magdalena River, the main waterway in Colombia. Malamba gets its name from the historical Pedro Malambo, took the name of a tree that grew abundantly along the Caribbean coast, called euphorbiaceae croton malambo. In this town with its historically interesting name, Liliana lives and supports herself and her son. Liliana runs a business selling blouses, jeans, lipstick, and compacts to friends and neighbors on weekdays, as well as often selling candy to complement her business offerings. Liliana pays for these goods in cash and sells them either for cash or on credit. Liliana began the business four years ago, inspired by the example of her sister, the owner of a general store and a shop. This is Liliana's first Kiva loan from the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, [Mario Santo Domingo Foundation]. She will use the loan funds to purchase blouses, jeans, lipstick, and compacts. Liliana hopes that a greater inventory will improve the business's image. Her goals rare to boost sales and improve her quality of life.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer



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