A loan of $300 helped to buy a variety of wholesale goods (such as perfumes, accessories, cosmetics, and articles of clothing).

Gladys María's story

Gladys, 31 years old, is a single mother of 4 children for whom she has been working hard with much sacrifice to get ahead. She must work very arduous hours in order to earn enough income for her family to survive.

Gladys has worked as a multi-purpose employee for different businesses and homes in her area, and currently alternates this work with the sale of different merchandise. She has been working in sales for the past 3 years in order to augment her income and provide education and support for her children. Nevertheless, in October of 2013 her economic situation declined as a result of a severe health problem that restricted her ability to work. However, with the motivation and love from her family, she was able to recover and she now wants to begin working again.

As a result, she is asking for this loan in order to buy wholesale merchandise such as perfume, accessories, cosmetics, and articles of clothing. This will permit her to once again generate the income she needs to support her family expenses, as well as to satisfy the needs and desires of her clients.

Gladys says that her greatest wish is to have the economic stability that will enable her to provide a better education for her children, so that they will forge a prosperous and successful future. Additionally, she would like to provide them with a better standard of living.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kaitlyn Godfrey

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