A loan of $925 helped to buy inventory.

Nora Isabel's story

Nora is 49 years old and lives in a neighborhood located in the south part of the city where there are merchants, formal and informal manufacturing, athletes and recreational activities. The Barranquilla soccer stadium is near there for those who follow this sport. They call this the selection house of Colombia because there are more than 40,000 spectators from the Caribbean Coast and Colombia whenever the selection shows up to play.

Nadia is a merchant, married, and has three children, aged between 15 and 19. She has had her own business for 12 years and has been selling candies with her friends in the neighborhood since she was a little girl. She now sells clothing, shoes, cosmetics, magazines, and specialized guides. Her business is growing gradually. There are times when she has challenges, such as lack of capital to buy what her customers want over the end of year season, when the workers, employees, and all of the community prepares for the Christmas and end of years festivities and dress elegantly.

Since Nadia sells her merchandise on credit and for cash, in order to increase the chance of getting more customers. She is asking for a Kiva loan, through Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, so she can buy under and outer garments, shoes, and cosmetics in quantity, in order to meet her current customer demand. Her goal is to strengthen her business so she can work toward her and her husband’s dream of watching her children become successful professionals. She works hard, six hours a day. She wants to see her business grow quickly.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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