A loan of $800 helped buy women's clothing and expand her business.

Yury Aracely's story

Yury is a young woman of 23. She studied up to first year of college but became pregnant and couldn't complete her studies. She is a single mother and lives with her parents, a brother and two sisters.

Yury has earned her living selling men's, women's, and children's clothing for three years thanks to an aunt who invited her to open her own business. She earns good money to support herself and her family. The business is run out of her home and she also sells from door to door in the local community. Yury leaves the house in the morning and returns in the afternoon. Really it takes up most of the day, but it's worth it because it generates a good income. One of her sisters is also involved in the business.

Yury plans to invest the loan money in her business. She wants to have a greater variety of clothing to offer her customers, specifically women's clothing which she is most in need of. The investment will allow her to attract more customers to her store, provide a wider variety of clothing, offer better service and lower prices. As a single mother, she wants to provide all the necessities for her son.

In the future Yury wants to continue her studies, complete university, expand her business, and have her own premises where she can provide better service.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A

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