A loan of $600 helped purchase merchandise.

Martha Imelda's story

Martha started the business to have an income that would allow her to live better, since she retired from the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), and the pension she received wasn't enough. Because of this she started her business in November of 1995, when a friend told her that she was selling clothes and it was going very well for her. She invited Martha to go on a trip to the US to buy things. Martha started selling among her friends from work and her neighbors, and that started to go very well for her. Afterward, she sold clothes and traveled to the city of Moroleon, Guanajuato, but she found clothes cheaper in Michoacan and Villa Hidalgo, Jalisco, because they got their stock directly (from the manufacturers), plus, it was new clothing.

Now Martha needs a loan of $600 that she will pay back in 12 installments. She will use it for a trip during which she will go to buy clothing to sell during the end-of-year time that is drawing near.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Olivia Shirley

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