A loan of $6,575 helped to buy wholesale goods in the US and Panama, such as blouses, shirts, tennis shoes, bags and perfume.

María Dulfay's story

Maria is 52, married, and mother of one child. Ever since she was very young, she has worked at making money on her own account, by selling goods to family, neighbours and friends. In this way she has gained experience in this activity and generated income to support her husband with the household expenses.

Her drive, carefulness and passion for what she does have allowed her to make progress and, little by little, she has managed to increase her clientele. For this reason she is keen to request the loan in order to invest it into buying goods, specially brought in from the US and Panama, as she wants to start her own store in her home. She can procure garments and various goods at the lowest cost from these countries, such as blouses, shirts, tennis shoes, bags and perfume. This permits her to increase her profit margin on each sale, and also she has the opportunity of providing a better service to her customers, especially at Christmas, when people look for all sorts of things as presents.

Maria says that she will continue working with dedication and care to carry on growing her capital and thus to be able to go on contributing to the family economy. In this way they have been able to provide a good education for their son and offer him a better way of life.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sharon Rees

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