A loan of $675 helped to purchase woven, indigenous-style shoulder bags, and belts.

Miguel David's story

Miguel, 42 years old, 3 years ago, understanding that his wife by family tradition would like to have a business, decided to sell various merchandise, since when he met her, he was unemployed and she, with her dynamism, pushed him to do it. Today, he sells clothing, footwear, shoulder bags, and ponchos brought from Guajira, that he offers directly to his customers, selling in cash and on credit weekly and biweekly, working from 9 in the morning until 12:00 mid-day and from 3:00 in the afternoon until 7:00 at night. His primary customers are the people located in his area, and friends that others of his customers have referred. His future goal is to have a shop and, finally, to buy a house for his wife and himself, although the great challenge is to have sufficient income to realize his dreams. At the moment, he is applying for a Kiva loan he first loan that he has gotten from the Mario Santo Domingo foundation, by which he will purchase indigenous-style bags, ponchos and sandals, coming from the indigenous people on the Guajrira and that his customers ask for frequently, with which he will increase his sales, improving his business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Wendy Harris

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