As Linda is underage, her mother, Carmen, is taking out this Kiva loan to grow their business.
Linda is only 16 years old, but her life is already extraordinary. Originally from Colombia, Linda spent seven years in foster care before she joined her new family in the United States three years ago. Her adoptive mom, Carmen, already had seven children of her own before she decided to welcome Linda and her two sisters to the family.
As if adjusting to a new country, culture and family is not stressful enough to a teenager, Linda was diagnosed with a life threatening disease in 2011. She went through various treatments and lost her beautiful long hair.
Because she had to endure many long days in the hospital, her mother brought her jewelry-making materials to keep her busy. Linda always had a deep love for jewelry. She discovered her passion and talent during her stay in the hospital, resulting in the production of beautiful earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Her first sale took place from the hospital bed, when one of the nurses purchased earrings from her for his mother. From that point, Linda has grown her business without even noticing that she had started one. More nurses and doctors came by her bedside to purchase her designs and the word spread among family and friends.
In August 2012, the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted Linda’s wish to meet and be mentored by her role model, Ivanka Trump, jewelry designer, model and business woman. Read about it here: http://bit.ly/TQewDv.
Their $6,000 loan will be used for marketing and to buy supplies and packaging material.
Linda’s jewelry can be purchased from her website: www.LindaDesigns4U.com