A loan of $1,575 helped to purchase an assortment of wholesale merchandise (blouses, jeans, shoes, sandals, perfumes, body lotion, cosmetics, etc.), do remodeling work and purchase shelves.


María Oliva's story

María is 57 years old and runs her own business, a clothing and shoe store she has owned for several years. She started it as a way of obtaining profits which have allowed her to support her household, because she has been the family's sole breadwinner ever since she separated from her husband. In addition, she sells merchandise by catalog, which is how she supplements the income she earns for her work. She currently requests the loan in order to use it to purchase an assortment of wholesale merchandise (blouses, jeans, shoes, sandals, perfumes, body lotion, cosmetics, etc.), do remodeling work and purchase shelves. This will allow her to meet her customers' needs during Christmas season, when her sales increase. Besides, she'll be able to better display her products and improve the appearance of her premises, which will help her to attract new potential customers. María reports that her main goal with this business is to eventually enjoy old age with a steady income. This will provide her with stability and peace of mind so that she can share a better quality of life with her children.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Renata Wolff



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