A loan of $1,575 helped to buy wholesale merchandise (jeans, underwear, blouses, and other items).

María Mercedes's story

María is married and has two children whom she has supported with great hard work. For several years, she has worked as an independent merchant, selling merchandise on credit and special plans. She started this work through a sister who was doing the same thing. Bit by bit she gained knowledge and experience in business management, and then her sister retired and left her all her contacts and clientele. She is now very well-known in the area.
She will invest this loan in the purchase of wholesale merchandise (jeans, underwear, blouses, etc). This will allow her to achieve her sales projection for the Christmas season. She will also have a greater variety to offer her clients and improve her income in order to cover the household costs.
Maria dreams of having her business independent from her family. She continues to work hard so she can rent out a larger storefront with a better image that projects style and attracts more clients. This way, she will be able to benefit from a greater quality of life with her loved ones.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper

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