A loan of $1,050 helped to buy pants and shirts from different lines.

Teresa De Jesus's story

Teresa, age 40, has had her own general store since 2004. Her commercial activity is a product of a family tradition. It was her mother, a seamstress and merchant, who was her example. She taught her and her siblings to take care of themselves. Teresa now recognizes her mother’s work. She says that it has been difficult to get a job. Teresea has two children, ages 15 and 20, and she lives with them. With the help of her oldest son, she has managed to get ahead and support her daughter’s education.

Her mid-range goal is to have her own independent place in an area that is very busy. She also wants to have her own home. Her greatest challenge is managing business growth and getting loans for a greater amount. She wants these things in order to get more income and to support her children even more.

This is the reason that she turns to a Kiva loan. It is her first loan with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. She will use the loan to buy pants and shirts from different lines. With this her business will improve. She will get greater income, and this is exactly what makes her Kiva loan a good investment.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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