A loan of $575 helped purchase clothing, perfumes, cosmetics and footwear.

Bertha's story

Bertha is 46 years old and lives with her spouse and their four children, who are between the ages of 15 and 28, in the city of Soledad, a metropolitan area in Barranquilla. There, for the past 20 years, she has worked selling clothing, footwear, perfumes, cosmetics and other goods. She started this business to generate an income, to provide more stability to her home, and to attain financial independence. Weekly and biweekly, she sells in neighboring places in cash and on credit. She is very well known in Soledad, Pojó and Barranquilla, where she has many customers who place orders with her. She bases her investments on them in order to generate more income each time.

Bertha wants to strengthen her working capital so that she can increase her sales and earnings, but getting the money to do so has been a challenge. For this reason, she is seeking a Kiva loan, her first loan with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, which she will use to purchase clothing, perfumes, cosmetics and footwear. This is merchandise that her customers have ordered and that she hopes will increase her sales and earnings, making her Kiva loan a successful investment.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Roberto Henry

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