A loan of $325 helped to buy products for catalogue sales such as clothing, items for personal use and household goods.

Laura's story

Laura is a young woman who sells catalogue items in her neighbourhood and in nearby areas in order to help out with the family's budget and to achieve economic independence and get on in life. She does the domestic chores in the mornings and from midday until 6pm she sets out her products and collects payments. She lives in a rural community where there are hardly any sources of salaried work, which means that informally selling products is an alternative method of generating income.

Laura is a good saleswoman who has passed on her skill and effort to other people in her community so they can offer her goods, but her profit margin is reduced, which is why she sees getting a loan as an opportunity which would allow her to have a small amount of capital of her own. This would increase her profit margins and permit a more varied inventory that would cater to her customers' needs.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sharon Rees

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