A loan of $1,000 helped to buy cosmetics, perfumes, etc., to sell door to door.

María Ínes's story

Maria is 41 years old and completed 6th grade. She married at the age of 18 but was left a widow at 39. Maria has a minor daughter at home who is in 7th grade. The remaining family members are away from home working. At present, Maria lives with just her 12-year-old daughter.

Maria is a vendor of beauty products (cosmetics, perfumes, etc.) and can count on 6 years experience. A friend introduced her to this activity, believing that with her determination, she would bring in more income for her household. Maria has no other activity to pursue. She sells door to door throughout the community where she lives and carries out this activity alone during the hours of 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The loan Maria solicits is for purchasing cosmetics, perfumes, etc. The advancement she seeks is to sell to many more customers in order to earn new and greater income.

To become a prestigious vendor and offer her daughter more opportunities and comfort in life are Maria's motivations for expanding sales. The earnings will be used to purchase furniture and other household conveniences.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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