A loan of $800 helped to buy basic staples to stock her store.

Nini Johanna's story

Nini, 21, is a young woman living with her spouse in the southwest part of the city where she has a small store she got from her parents four years ago for her to manage that sells snacks, foodstuffs, groceries and soft-drinks. She’s gradually been investing in the business because she learned from her parents while still very young how to make it grow.

Her sales from 7 in the morning until 9 at night are cash based. She makes her purchases from suppliers downtown that offer competitive prices. Her main customers are neighbors and people who live around her. Her goal for later on is to have a roomier space to provide more excellent customer service and to continue with a professional career to complete making home improvements.

Nini says: “There are obstacles but they aren’t impossible to overcome especially if the business is located on the main street.” She’s currently applying for a Kiva loan, her first financing from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo to buy rice in quantity, oil by the five-gallon container, soft-drinks and meat products, among other basic staples that rotate quickly and must be readily on-hand for her customers thus making her Kiva loan successful.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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