A loan of $700 helped to buy perfume, cosmetics, clothing and footwear to resell.

Lorena Del Carmen's story

At age 16, most young people are thinking of going to university, going to parties or becoming independent. Becoming independent was Lorena's goal when she was that age. She is now 32 years old, and has worked selling clothing, footwear and cosmetics for 16 years. She is single and does not have children.

At age 16, Lorena finished high school and went ahead with her plans to become independent and help her mother. Her mother saw her enthusiasm, and so helped her get started selling Avon products. Lorena gradually attracted customers with the help of her family, selling to people in their neighborhood.

These sales are Lorena's only source of income. For this reason she is requesting this loan to buy perfume, cosmetics, clothing and footwear, which she needs to meet the demand of her customers. She hopes to increase her income and make her dream of selling in all of Managua a reality.

Lorena's goals are big. She plans to continue providing good service to her customers and meeting their needs. She also plans to open a store, and to take advantage of this time that she does not have children to travel freely abroad to buy her own merchandise and improve her profits.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Graham Robinson

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