A loan of $1,300 helped to buy clothing for women and men, active and casual wear.

Maria's story

Maria is 49 years old, lives in the city of Barranquilla, with her spouse and has 3 children between the ages of 18 and 25. Maria works in commercial activity, to generate income that help sustain her home. She has been selling feminine and masculine clothing for 5 years.

As a certified professional public accountant, Maria manages her business very well and her initiative arose in order to generate income to support a quality education for her children. Once she ceased to be employed, she took the money from her settlement and a contribution from her father, and began to create her independent income. She invested in commodities and sold them among her co-workers and by being referred by them.

The products that she offers are jeans, blouses, shirts, bermuda shorts, etc. selling on credit and cash to a customer base that has built slowly. She makes purchases in the city of Medellin, where the main textile industries are located, and in the Department of the Atlantic when there are offers that cannot be denied, because she earns a little more with their products. Her biggest goal is to acquire her own place and her biggest challenge is to exist in the mall where there is a lot of competition. Because of this, she works Monday to Sunday in order to generate more profit and ensure better family welfare.

She is currently applying for a Kiva loan, first financed by Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, to buy casual and active clothing for men and women. Her investment will help to increase her working capital and renew the merchandise that she keeps on display. It will attract customers, and this is precisely the success of your investment.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Katherine Deutch

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