A loan of $625 helped to buy clothes, items for the home, women's accessories, etc.

Marlyn's story

Marlyn lives with her spouse and three children whose ages range from 3 to 8 years in the south of the city where she’s had a small variety store for two years taking advantage that the house is very well located and well-known by local and nearby residents and belongs to her parents who are abroad.

Aware of its commercial potential, Marlyn decided to turn it into a variety store and gradually added other services like photocopying and food like fast-food snacks and soft-drinks. She sells for cash and also pays cash for her purchases. She works from 8 in the morning until 8 at night, Monday to Sunday. She makes her purchases in the city and her best customers are precisely in her neighborhood where there is a great untapped potential.

She’s currently applying for a Kiva loan, her first from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, that she’ll use to buy clothes, items for the home, women’s accessories, etc. because her goal is to have an inventory on-hand that contains everything her clientele requires to sell much more and to continue supporting her children’s development. Later on, she and her husband plan to buy their own house and this is precisely her greatest challenge for which they work so persistently.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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