A loan of $1,825 helped to buy merchandise that her clients order from her.

Melissa's story

Melissa is a young 28-year-old woman. She is single and lives with her mother, and one sister and brother. The idea to be a businesswoman was born when Melissa desired to finish and strengthen her education. She began to sell clothes that a distributer brings her from the United State so she wouldn't have to ask her mother for money. With the first loan, she managed to travel to Mexico to bring merchandise. She bought quite a bit; each time, the business grew more. She has managed to contribute more money to the household and she finished her English course.

She currently travels four times a year to Mexico and wants to start travelling to New York because her clientele needs different designs for each season of the year. She can get them at a lower price there, so her profits will improve. She started this business five years ago. She currently has 142 loyal customers, who request clothes, make-up, hair products, shoes and even appliances. She wants this loan to buy new merchandise that they are asking for.

She is still studying; now she is taking an accounting course because she wants to be better prepared when she goes to the university. She recently achieved one of her dreams; she bought a motorcycle in cash. She also has shelves and racks to hang the clothes. She appreciates the support that Fundación Mujer gave her with the previous loan and promises to continue to have an excellent payment standard.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Joan Tuttle Vargas

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