Total loan: $1,100

Martín Alonso

Cartagena de Indias, Bolivar, Colombia / Arts

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A loan helped to purchase hammocks, backpacks, quilts, and wooden handicrafts.

Martín Alonso's story

Martín, age 50, is an entrepreneur who sells handicrafts in the city of Cartagena.

He started this activity in 2015, considering it to be an excellent business idea, as he had worked in an artisans' cooperative and had the opportunity to learn a lot about these products (their demand, costs, makers, etc.). He had many contacts in San Jacinto, a town known as the "Land of the Big Hammock" because its residents make and sell handicrafts such as hammocks and hammock fabrics for making bags, sandal tops, backpacks, blankets, skirts, belts, and hammock chairs, among other items with materials from fine yarn, coarse yarn, or pineapple yarn. He placed his first order there, and since then he has constantly sought every type of handicraft from his suppliers.

Now he needs more working capital in order to serve new customers, so he is applying for his first Kiva loan through Fundación Mario Santo Domingo in order to purchase hammocks, backpacks, quilts, and wooden handicrafts. With this financing he will be able to increase his sales and benefit his family. In the future he sees himself with his own handicrafts distributorship at a national level. Please support him.