A loan of $1,025 helped to buy fashionable clothing at wholesale.

Julia Jimena's story

Julia is a 35-year-old single woman and the mother of two children. She supports her family by operating seasonal businesses in the retail trade. Her current business involves selling clothes.

Julia finished high school and likes working with numbers. For this reason, she started her current business on two occasions without any hesitation. Her children are young (ages 4 and 8). The oldest child attends elementary school in the mornings and then goes to his mother’s shop in the afternoons to do his homework. The younger child plays all day while his mother is busy selling clothes.

Julia’s day begins when she has to get her older son ready for school. Afterwards, she arrives at her place of work so that she can open her business at 9:00 A.M. “My routine from Monday through Friday begins by preparing my children so that they will behave quietly the rest of the day. On the weekends, they get to sleep late but I have to continue running my business all day,” says Julia.

She changes the clothes on the mannequins on a weekly basis based on what’s fashionable, so her displays are continually updated. Her small business must compete with other stores in terms of price and fashion, so she keeps herself informed by reading magazines and following trends. For this reason, Julia is requesting a loan in order to buy fashionable clothing at wholesale.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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